COVID-19 Current Affairs - 2020

West Bengal CM launches Document Scanning App, First Plasma Bank for COVID-19 Patients in West Bengal

A Plasma Bank for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients has been established at the oldest medical college of India- Kolkata Medical College and Hospital. The Plasma Bank has been set up the Immunohematogy department of the Kolkata Medical College and Hospital by the West Bengal State Health Department.

This was informed by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on 6th July 2020. The Chief Minister further added that 12 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 have already donated their Plasma. The Plasma Bank in Kolkata Medical College and Hospital is the first Plasma Bank in the State of West Bengal. From 7th May 2020 onwards, Kolkata Medical College and Hospital is operating as a fully-fledged COVID-19 Hospital with 500 beds.

Self Scan App launched by Mamata Banerjee

Following the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications by the Central Government on 29th June 2020, the West Bengal State’s Information Technology Department has developed a mobile application that will serve as a better alternative for the much popular Chinese document scanning application- Cam Scanner.

The Chief Minister launched the ‘Self Scan’ mobile application that will be available free of cost at various application download platforms.

Maha Jobs Portal launched by Maharashtra Chief Minister, Domicile Certificate Mandatory for Registration

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray has launched a portal on 6th July 2020 that will bridge the gap between the Industrial Units/Employers and the Workers (Domiciled: Skilled, Semi-Skilled and Unskilled). The name of the portal is ‘Maha Jobs’. Anyone can access the portal by visiting- ‘mahajobs.maharashtra.gov.in’. For registration in the Maha Jobs portal, a domicile certificate of the state of Maharashtra is compulsory for the workers.

Maha Jobs Portal

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) will be the nodal agency for the successful functioning of the Maha Jobs portal. The portal is a joint venture between 3 Departments of the Maharashtra State Government. The departments are the Department of Labour, Department of Industries, and the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department.

The aim of the Maha Jobs portal is to address the rising unemployment and layoffs that the state has witnessed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs from a total of 17 sectors will be available under the portal, such as the Healthcare sector, IT, Logistics, Engineering, textile, etc.

How the Maha Jobs Portal will help in the Resumption of Economy?

The portal will help in the resumption of business and industries in the state of Maharashtra, which will further help in recreating the economic cycle in the state that was disrupted due to the nationwide lockdown imposed against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those migrant workers who had earlier left for their home towns in other states of the country are now trying to return back as the Industries and Businesses have now started their operations since Unlock 1. The demand for workers will be there, but as the restrictions in the movement of people still remain across the states in the country and with only 230 trains operating in the country at present, shortage of workers will be experienced by Industries and Businesses. The Maha Jobs portal will help in overcoming such a shortage.