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Sushma discusses Gulf immigrants issue

Sushma discusses Gulf immigrants issue
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Sushma Swaraj Discusses Gulf Immigrants Issue. External Affairs Minister and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held a meeting with MPs belonging to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, inviting suggestions on mitigating hardships of the Indian immigrants to Gulf and other countries.

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held a meeting with MPs belonging to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, inviting suggestions on mitigating hardships of the Indian immigrants to Gulf and other countries. Perhaps it was for the first time the Union Minister took personal interest in taking up the one of the most important issue relating to the sufferings of Indian emigrants employed abroad.

In fact, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the main States, apart from Kerala, from where most of the immigrations are taking place for employment purposes, especially to the Gulf region. Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad and Mahaboobnagar are the main districts in Telangana State from which lot of young people are migrating.

Most of the persons migrating to these countries are mainly either uneducated (24 pc) or having education qualifications 10th pass or less (74 pc) and are mostly going as labourers, without having any specialized skills. Moreover, the lion’s share from this section belongs to OBCs, SCs, STs and Muslims, who, together account for more than 90 per cent.

Bandaru Dattatreya, the lone BJP MP from Secunderabad in Telangana, told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that as Telugu-speaking migrants are second-largest group amongst the Overseas Indian workers, the Government should set-up a separate cell, with Telugu-speaking officers, in the Ministry to assist the emigrants from newly-formed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States. The Indian Community Welfare Fund, which was created to attend the problems of overseas workers, is unable to meet the requirements of the demand due to insufficient allocations. “I request you to create an integrated fund of Rs 2,000 crore to meet the expenses for mitigating the problems of Overseas Indian Workers on urgent basis,” Dattatreya told Sushma Swaraj.

Most Overseas Indian workers are mainly from very poor families, not having much knowledge about the procedures for obtaining visas and have no idea on the host countries labour contracts and legislations.

Hence they are being repeatedly cheated by the agents and their sub-agents. Most of them are being misled about the type of visas and terms and conditions of their job contracts, he said. Dattatreya said the Ministries of External Affairs, Oversea Indian Affairs and Labour, should come-up with a comprehensive policy and fool-proof mechanism to create awareness amongst the aspiring candidates; to maintain the transparency on the issue of visas by the authorized private agencies; to maintain the updated data of the Indians visiting these regions; to tackle the problems being faced by the overseas Indian workers.

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