Digital Freelancing Program by Odisha Knowledge Corporation Limited (OKCL) has turned out to be successful program during Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic in the state, which is helping youth in a big way, said Managing Director Manoranjan Puthal.
He said while unemployment has emerged as a major problem “as is where is” and it's become more intense in the wake of the global pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, shutdown and many related concurrent happenings, OKCl’s Digital Freelancing Program came as a major support for the youth to build a career in the field of freelancing.
Take for example, Ipsita never obsessed about her freelancing career, until now. “On an average, I earn around rupees twelve thousand and more in a month,” says the Bhubaneswar based urban youth a freelancing professional, who is in her early 20s.
Over the last one year, she has been working to build a career in this field of freelancing.
“I check my bank account once a week and it shows that I am fairly getting paid for my work every time.” Typically, when you start searching a job, you go into to the loop of searching.
“Days were tough, the mind was never at peace and earning was not happening anymore,” says Chittaranjan reeling under latent Covid-19 stress and anxiety.
“I came to know of freelancing about few months back and since then I started exploring the freelancing market, now I am at peace as I am able to earn something out of it”.
Way back in 2011, on September 12, OKCL was formed with the State Government's vision of creating a knowledge-led economy and knowledge-based communities in all the urban, rural and tribal regions of the state.
OKCL recognizes bridging of digital divide is key to survival, development and empowerment of the people and the overall development of the State in the emerging knowledge era of the 21st century.
OKCL advocated online freelancing, to create a sustainable local self-employment for semi-urban and rural youths who cannot afford to migrate to cities, since September 2019, when it started its pilot project with local youths in its corporate office in the area of freelancing.
In this period of pandemic and job losses, the youths working in the space of online freelancing were unfazed.
On the contrary, the earnings of these youths increased substantially in the month of April 2020, when so many people across the world faced job losses.
Direndra says, “the timing of my joining this project can't be more perfect, I was in search of job near my home, but was not able to find any, which is when I joined this pilot project by OKCL and in a few months corona pandemic occurred.
One of my neighburs working in a big city came back to his home due to job loss, however I kept on with my work.”
In fact OKCL has produced the expected outcomes by transforming the life of children, youth and common citizens across the state of Odisha.
The Network of its state wide digital enterprises and their contribution to digital literacy created a huge pool of ITliterate citizens, which demonstrated their contribution during the situations like COVID-19 and demonetizations to name few of them.
OKCL's vision for the next 10 years, is to contribute its part towards achieving “The Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.
“Holistic development and social transformation needs work at the grass root level and that is what OKCL has been doing and would continue to do in its journey ahead”, says Managing Director, Mr.Puthal.