Creating 50,000 Self-Employed AQI Specialist (SAQIS) Jobs In India

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SAQIS pronounced as Sakhi’s. Sakhi means a helper or a friend in Telugu language. SAQIS help Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to record the Air Quality Index (AQI) across the country.

Govt launched National Air Quality Index (NAQI) in 2015 but it’s devices are very expensive (may be 1 to 1.5 crores) hence not feasible to implement the same solution across the country. NAQI collects data in very few cities, most often data not captured due to technical issues and historical data not maintained for deeper analysis on air quality. You could find pros/cons of NAQI project here:

NAQI: A Solution With Too Many Problems

Why do we need Air Quality Specialist in Factories\Industries?

Bhopal gas tragedy (1984)-The government of Madhya Pradesh confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. A government affidavit in 2006 stated that the leak caused 558,125 injuries, including 38,478 temporary partial injuries and approximately 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries.

Govt should mandate full-time Air Quality Specialist in factories to detect and measure Air Pollutants every 30-minutes. AQI pollutants data must be submitted to CPCB on AQI portal every hour. AQI system should use Machine Learning to learn about variation in air quality and alert police+health department if the air pollutants value exceeds threshold value.

How to create 50,000 SAQIS Jobs In India?

Let’s go through the steps to make it happen-

  1. There are many Made-In-India and Imported air quality monitoring systems. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) should test and certify these products before they are sold in market. AQ products should support measurement of two or more air pollutants – ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. Cost of these products start from Rs.10,000 to crore, depends on accuracy, technology and design lifetime.
  2. CPCB should collect AQ pollutants data from all the postal codes ( Total Pin codes in India are 19100 ). CPCB should list pollutants used to calculate AQI e.g. carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particles and sulfur dioxide.
  3. Govt should provide 3 options to submit AQ data – text, voice and online at
  4. Govt should approve 6 or more loan applications from each pincode for owning AQ monitoring system. AQ System (AQS) loan applications are good candidate for 59min loan approval.
  5. AQS owners should register their product with CPCB along with bank account for direct deposit of non-fixed bi-weekly income. How much and how do they earn? Logic explained in next section.
  6. AQS owners should submit the pollutants measurement on a hourly basis each day.

Cost To Govt

Consider Govt hires 3+1 AQI specialist per pincode at avg salary Rs.10,000 per person. It’ll cost approx 10 billion (1000 crores) rupees for salary alone. Plus hardware cost, setup & installation fee, maintenance, training etc. What’s the ROI to Govt from huge investment?

SAQIS Income Calculator

  1. 8760 (or 8784 leap year) times AQ data collected per annum (365 days X 24 hours)
  2. AQI data rates – Rs. 100 per AQI per pincode if single responder, otherwise Rs.240 per AQI per pincode which is divided among valid responders.
  3. AvgAQI– average AQI calculated from each pollutants submitted in last 60 minutes.
  4. AQI Range: AvgAQI ± 5
  5. Pollutants Data is considered valid if calculated AQI value is between AQI range.
  6. Payment is calculated on hourly basis as below:

    Hourly Pay = (AQIDataRates) x (Pollutants Matched/TotalPollutantsRecorded)

AQI Fee Per Month:

Govt should collect fee from each pincode residents if Monthly Avg AQI (6AM to 9PM) is 100 and above as per below fee table.


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