On May 24th 2021, Dr Amar Patnaik, Member Parliament (India) Rajya Sabha, launched the vaccination drive and grievance redressal platform for Blue Collar workers through WUS Ap (Oriya version). WUS – an IIT Kanpur start-up – is working for digital inclusion and digital skilling of blue-collar workers. Ms Nicola Corzine – Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, throughher recorded message, emphasized the importance of vaccination and how it will pave the path for a brighter future.
Dr Amar Patnaik emphasized that by causing 300,000 deaths, For India, the COVID-19 pandemic is the worst pandemic of this century. He further explained that we are facing uncertainty related to the economy, society, climate, and issues related to the wellbeing of women and children. The new features of the WUS app and constant updating of the platform will help tackle many problems of blue-collar worker – the most vulnerable group of people. He commended the efforts of the WUS team for introducing the app in ten regional languages as it will help cater to the needs of 450 million informal sector workers.
WUS aims to improve the lives of 500 million workers in India and 3.3 billion workers globally by building a digital community for workers and unions. Considering the social impact WUS is creating, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTy, Government of India) under the prestigious TIDE 2.0 (Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs) program extended support for WUS.
Amid these challenging times, WUS has already helped around 5500 blue-collar workers by solving their grievances, including assisting them to register for vaccination.
The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center has selected WUS for the Milestone Makers cohorts 2021, focusing on supporting start-up founders working on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) – Reducing inequalities. Prasoon Sharma – WUS Founder, is an NYU Wagner and University College London-(UCL) alum.
IN Photo: Dr Amar Patnaik, Member Parliament(India) Rajya Sabha with Prasoon Sharma – WUS Founder