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Another government database is not going to help India's unemployed

Duplication and inefficiency are rife in IT systems connecting workforce with jobs

| India
Migrant workers wait for transport in Ahmedabad on May 20: it was the lack of local job opportunities that had driven over 100 million people in India to migrate.   © Reuters

Medha Uniyal is a social entrepreneur who co-heads an India-based nonprofit focused on rural workforce development and entrepreneurship.

As lockdown sent India's unemployment rate soaring from 7.8% to 22% and millions of famished migrant workers walked back to their villages, the Indian government had an unexpected response to the problem: collecting data.

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