Ravi stresses on effective mechanism for benefit of migrant workers

April 20th, 2011 - 10:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Dhaka, Apr 20 (ANI): Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi today called for setting up of an effective mechanism for the protection and welfare of Indian migrant workers. Addressing the Fourth Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process here, Ravi said: ” India will extend all cooperation for a dynamic and productive outcome to the ensuing deliberations for the adoption of the two important documents, namely, the Operating Modalities and the Dhaka Declaration, which envisage greater cooperation among the Member States to address common issues affecting migrant workers.” Ravi said that Indian Government has taken several significant initiatives to ensure orderly movement of Indian workers abroad and to punish those involved in illegal migration.”A fully computerized web-based emigration clearance system has also been installed to integrate all stakeholders in the migration process for a smooth transparent and orderly management of labour migration,” he added.Highlighting the initiatives taken by the Indian Government for the protection and welfare of Indian migrant workers, Ravi said that an Overseas Workers Resource Centre (OWRC) in New Delhi, equipped with a 24-hour toll-free helpline that provides information, and grievance redressal mechanisms to migrant workers and their families. “The Indian Government has also provided on-site support and information to its overseas workers, through the establishment of special centres in destination countries, a recent one having been established in Dubai called the Indian Workers Resource Centre,” he added. He said that the Indian Government, in cooperation with Government of UAE, is initiating a web-based attestation of contracts to be made mandatory for all workers, especially women caregivers and workers in the unskilled category. He further said that the Indian Community Welfare Fund in all our missions abroad have been established to provide on-site help and assistance on a means tested basis to overseas workers and migrants in distress. The Colombo Process was established in 2003, as a regional consultative process on management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origin in Asia. It has expanded its collaboration with labour destination countries through bilateral talks and meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue in January 2008 and the Asia-EU Dialogue later in the same year. It has eleven members, who are meeting in Dhaka to review past activities and chart the future roadmap through the adoption of ‘Operating modalities’ and a ‘Ministerial Declaration’. (ANI)

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