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Slew of services for migrant workers: VK Singh

Slew of services for migrant workers: VK Singh
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Union Minister for State for External Affairs General VK Singh appealed to Indian immigrants to essentially register their details in the e-Migrate portal of the Centre to get timely help and legal or any other services when facing problem abroad. The Centre was considering offering insurance cover to natural death of overseas workers, he said, and announced the launch of passport centres in more

The Union Minister for State for External Affairs instructs the DGP to take stringent action against fake visa agents

Hyderabad: Union Minister for State for External Affairs General VK Singh appealed to Indian immigrants to essentially register their details in the e-Migrate portal of the Centre to get timely help and legal or any other services when facing problem abroad. The Centre was considering offering insurance cover to natural death of overseas workers, he said, and announced the launch of passport centres in more than 800 post offices across the country to ease the foreign traffic.

The Union Minister was addressing as the chief guest at the first state outreach programme launched by the Ministry of External Affairs and the State government at HICC here on Saturday along with State IT and External Affairs Minister K T Rama Rao and others. The programme discussed the issues pertaining to welfare, passports, protection and safety of Indians working in various foreign countries. Singh said the NRIs were facing problems with regard to insurance, fake agents, protection and welfare and also to bring back dead bodies to their native places. He said no country in the world had changed its visa policy against India, including that of United States of America (USA).

The Union Minister instructed DGP Anurag Sharma, who was on the dais, to take stringent action against fake agents who are duping or deceiving innocent people and putting them into trouble as they face trouble, jail and sentence due to lack of necessary documents. He said in Telangana, 747cases were booked against fake agents including 112 cases in Sircilla alone. To address the problem, the Centre was planning to offer legal help to the families or victims and get back dead bodies to home States from abroad.

He said over 3.5 crore Indians were working abroad. “They are professionals, skilled and unskilled workers and majority of students. The foreign exchange to India is over 62.7 billion US dollars, which is a huge amount and majority of professionals, scientists and businessmen are in the USA while majority of unskilled workforce are in the Gulf countries,” he said. V K Singh said a lot of cases had come to his notice that the agents were collecting huge amount from the Haj pilgrims and the police should check the problem.

The government had started ‘Surakshit Jayee our Prashishit Jayee’ programme to provide skill development training to those planning to migrate for work and would also give training to them on the law of the land and complete the process. He said the government had proposed to start ‘Passport Centres’ at over 800 Post Offices in the country, apart from the existing 86 in Head Post Offices. He said the Centre would start Passport Centres wherever the States asked for similar services.

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