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Kerala Plans to Launch 4,000 Platform Co-ops

The Government of Kerala has created an innovative program to combat unemployment by employing educated but unemployed people. The services and support provided includes job training, placement assistance, financial counseling which results in many successful outcomes for participants as they find work or start their own businesses! The Comprehensive Programme for Employment of the Educated Unemployed in Kerala, a program which was launched in October 2021, also highlights the potential of platform cooperatives to facilitate a more equitable relationship between platforms and providers. Their long-term strategy calls for the formation of 4,000 platform cooperatives. A paper released by Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council in 2021 highlights the potential of platform cooperatives to facilitate a more equitable relationship between platforms and providers. 

The Kerala Knowledge Economy Mission (KKEM), positioned as a 2nd level organization that represents a number of organizations, aims to cater to upskilling, gainful employment generation, and work and benefits management. Other significant changes are being brought about by the KKEM. Managing the demand and supply sides of increasingly platformed labor, as well as creating a policy environment that supports gig worker cooperatives, are among them.

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