Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today stressed the need for improving the outreach of post office Passport Seva Kendras(PSK) in the State for the benefit of Odias working abroad.
In a meeting with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in here today, the Chief Minister urged the Centre to open three more PSKs in the second phase at Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam) and Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi).
This, he said, will ensure that people located in far flung areas of different regions get the desired access to passport services in the State.
Mr.Patnaik informed the union minister that a large number of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers from Odisha are employed in different parts of the world, particularly in Middle East and South East Asian countries and many a times immigrants from Odisha face difficult situations including exploitation by employers, economic hardships and accidents, etc.
He added that even after rescue and repatriation of people in distress, there remain many post-repatriation issues relating to their wages, salaries, insurance and compensation etc.
The Chief Minister said that many immigrants from Odisha complain of not having received adequate response from India’s diplomatic missions on time and impressed upon the union minister to issue suitable advisory to India’s diplomatic missions abroad to demonstrate utmost sensitivity to their problems.
Mr.Patnaik stated that the State government does not possess details of persons from Odisha working as skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour abroad and most of the time, the Government is reached by family members, informal contacts or by media persons whenever any immigrant faces a problem.
In the absence of database, substantial time is lost in obtaining vital details of the concerned immigrant and it becomes difficult to provide precise details like Passport number, address, etc required to access services of ‘Madad’ e-portal and this causes further avoidable delay in addressing their grievances.
The Chief Minister urged upon Ms.Swaraj to provide the database of people of Odisha working in different countries so that the government is better informed to reach out to families of the people in distress abroad and well prepared to take timely action for their rescue and repatriation.