Center Asks For Labor Agency

With more and more workers moving to foreign countries for job and facing tough time in work place, Odisha Government has been urged to set up State Nodal Agency to deal with emigrants.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has advised the State Government to take several measures including setting up Government Recruitment Agents so that illegal agents will not be able to take advantage.
In a recent meeting of the MEA’s Overseas Employment Mission, where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj chaired the meeting taking action against the illegal agents was harped on and the State Governments were asked to take immediate action against the illegal agents.
MEA has also advised the State Administration to launch a web-portal with complete online information on safe emigration through Registered Recruitment Agents (RRA) in the State.
This will help both the State and Union Government to rescue the emigrant in a crisis period. In absence of detailed data Indian Missions are facing tough time to rescue the emigrants, when they register complaints, admit officials.
Odisha is in the list of Top Ten Labour Sending States in the Country from where large number of Highly Skilled, Semi Skilled, Skilled Manpower is moving to Gulf and Foreign Countries.
Apart from Odisha emigrants from Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal Punjab, Rajasthan and other States are moving out to foreign countries for job.
Though from Odisha officially in over 12000 Labours were issued Emigration Clearance for working in Foreign Countries per annum, but the number is much more and both the State Government and Union Government have little data about them.
While in 2011, only 7290 Labourers were provided Emigration Clearance every year it is on rise and in 2016 there are 12,320 Labours, who were issued Emigration Clearance from the State.
4.72 Lakh emigrants were issued Emigration Clearance in 2016 from the country. And by March 2017, at least 2676 emigrants from Odisha and 72,898 emigrants from the country have left officially for taking up jobs.
According to unofficial sources over 50,000 emigrants from Odisha are moving to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan, Bahrain, Thailand, Oman and Qatar as mason, plumber, carpenter, electrician, welder, labour and even housemaid.
And number of complaints is received as some of these emigrants are harassed and tortured in the work place as most of them are moving with Tourist Visa and through illegal agents.

Recently Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated 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.
“Many immigrants from Odisha complain of not having received adequate response from our Diplomatic Missions in time and suitable advisory should be issued to India’s Diplomatic Missions abroad to demonstrate utmost sensitivity to their problems,” he expressed.
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, pointed out he. 
Under this backdrop, MEA has advised the State Government to take up steps to generate awareness among the emigrants and move through the Registered Recruitment Agents, not through illegal agents, which is harmful and dangerous.

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