Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity (SACRED) Portal

What is the news?

The Union government is all set to develop a job portal for senior citizens. The portal named, ‘Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity‘ (SACRED), will bring the employment seeking senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and employment providers on one platform.

What is the need for the SACRED portal?

There has been a steady rise in the population of senior citizens in India. These older persons are facing a lot of problems in the absence of adequate social security.

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Further, Indian society is also witnessing a decline of the joint family system, as a result of which a large number of parents are being neglected by their families exposing them to a lack of emotional, physical and financial support.

As per the LASI report 2020, more than 50% of senior citizens are found active. Many senior citizens having experience, time and energy can be used by business enterprises looking for stable employees with experience. So, to tap that potential, the SACRED Portal is to be developed.

About the Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity’ (SACRED) portal

Aim: To devise ways to ensure Senior Citizens live healthy, happy, empowered, dignified and self-reliant life.

It is an IT portal to bring the employment seeker senior citizens and employment providers on one platform. The portal will be developed and maintained by an agency identified through a transparent process.

The portal will be developed through NIC. 

The portal will not be a guarantee for getting a job or employment or selling of the products of the SHGs, or for any other activity.

How the SACRED portal will work?

A senior citizen can get himself registered on the portal with his education, experience, skills and areas of interest. Any job provider, be it an individual, firm or organization, can also register on the portal, specifying the task involved and the number of senior citizens required.

Voluntary Organizations will help senior citizens in applying for jobs. No user charges will be taken from any of the senior citizens by any Voluntary  Organizations.

Source:  This post is based on the article “Senior Able Citizens for Re Employment in Dignity (SACRED) Portal” published in PIB on 30th September 2021.

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