Telangana develops app to provide jobs to technicians, workers
Users can avail the services of electricians, plumbers, fitters, carpenters, painters, interior decorators, cleaners, drivers, cooks and even domestic helps through the app.india Updated: Dec 12, 2017 17:01 IST
The Telangana government has developed a mobile application that will help citizens in urban areas across the state find trained and certified technicians and workers, who will provide household services at the press of a button.
Officials at Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) said Android-based Urban Genie will be available in 73 municipal towns and cities, barring Hyderabad.
Users can avail the services of electricians, plumbers, fitters, carpenters, painters, interior decorators, cleaners, drivers, cooks and even domestic helps through the app, they said.
“We have been training hundreds of these technicians and workers under Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) for the last three years and facilitating them to get employment in various agencies,” the mission’s additional director L Vandana Kumar told Hindustan Times.
MEPMA is a wing of the department of municipal administration and urban development.
The technicians and other workers can register their names and numbers on the app and the government will conduct a background check before giving them training and the certification once they are trained.
Kumar said Urban Genie has been tried out in a few municipalities like Khammam, Siddipet and Ramagundam for the first time this month and will soon be extended to all others.
“In Hyderabad, however, it is not available, since it is under the administration of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and so, we have confined it to other urban local bodies,” he added.
The mission has set up a City Livelihood Centre (CLC) in every municipality which will monitor this app.
“If a citizen needs the services of any technician, for instance, an electrician, he can click on the app downloaded on his mobile and register his requirement. It will be forwarded to the CLC, which instantly gives an SMS alert to the nearest available trained electrician and sends him to the customer,” the official said.
Users can also rate these technicians, which will help the department assess their skills, he said. The MEPMA is also planning to fix charges for each service so that the workers do not charge an exorbitant fee.
“However, the charges might vary depending on the work actually done, since some services might require additional labour,” Kumar said.
While the app is meant for service providers trained by MEPMA, other trained workers looking for a job can also register with the department and it can help them get employment, he said.
They will have to provide proof of their personal details, skills and preferences.