National Migrant Information System to get info on migrants

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written a letter to the states to use National Migrant Information System (NMIS) for capturing the information on movement of migrants and for better inter-state co-ordination.

NMIS is a central online repository on migrant workers developed by NDMA to facilitate their seamless movement across states.

Government of India has allowed the movement of migrant workers by buses and ‘Shramik’ special trains to enable them to travel to their native places.

In order to capture the information regarding movement of migrants and facilitate the smooth movement of stranded persons across states, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has developed an online Dashboard – National Migrant Information System (NMIS).

The online portal would maintain a central repository on migrant workers and help in speedy inter-State communication/co-ordinationto facilitate their smooth movement to native places.

It has additional advantages like contact tracing, which may be useful in overall COVID-19 response work.

The key data pertaining to the persons migrating has been standardized for uploading such as name, age, mobile no., originating and destination district, date of travel etc., which States are already collecting.

States will be able to visualize how many people are going out from where and how many are reaching destination states.

The mobile numbers of people can be used for contact tracing and movement monitoring during COVID-19.