Udupi, Sep 19 2018: Speaking after inaugurating a workshop to create awareness among NRIs on Sept 18, Tuesday, Kundapur AC.
T Bhoobalan said that an NRI cell is set up in the DC’s office to address the grievances of non-resident Indians. The AC, who is also the convener of the NRI Welfare Committee called on non-resident Indians to avail the benefits of the cell to get solutions for the problems.
He said several people from the district work abroad and are ignorant of the legal procedures for them to handle distress. They are unaware of the people to be contacted in the bureaucratic system when they are in distress. In such situations, the NRIs can use the facilities in the NRI cell.
‘No ORA in State registered’
Ravindranath Shanbhag, president of Human Rights Protection Foundation (HRPF), said that it was necessary to create more awareness among semi-skilled persons going to foreign countries, including West Asia, on the proper and legal ways of getting employment and having proper documents for it with them.
Dr. Shanbhag said that as per the Emigration Act 1983, all the recruiting agencies which were sending workers to foreign countries, specially to the West Asian region, should compulsorily register with the Vigilance Cell headed by Deputy Commissioner of each district.
More than 3,000 workers go abroad every year through Overseas Recruiting Agencies (ORA). “But not even a single Overseas Recruiting Agency in the State was registered according to the official website of Ministry of External affairs. The Vigilance Cells were not functioning effectively in any of the districts,” he said.
He also cited the role of the district administration in designing a framework for the prevention of trafficking in human beings, false imprisonment, labour securities and other employment issues involving unskilled workers in various West Asian countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Muscat.
Dr. Shanbhag highlighted various instances of human rights violation, particularly in West Asia, starting from 1990, and how the HRPF was trying to help the victims.
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