NRI Achievers has, since March this year, started bringing out a segment dealing with the activities of the External Affairs ministry, and more specifically the activities undertaken by the erstwhile Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, which has since been remerged with the Foreign Ministry. Our connect with the Overseas Indian Affairs cell is all about creating a reader interface within the confines of our magazine that would bring FAQs, quality information and news to our esteemed readers. This issue carries the third such installment, where the Secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs) of the MEA, presently Dr. Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, talks about the various proactive steps taken to make the issue of Safe and Legal Migration. Here goes …

 

Why has it been mandatory for Nurses to take emigration clearance?

The decision to bring nurses under the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category and take emigration clearance before proceeding for employment abroad was taken in view of reports received regarding large scale malpractices and exploitation in the recruitment of nurses especially in Kuwait. An order was accordingly issued on 12.03.2015 requiring nurses to take emigration clearance before going for overseas employment to the 18 ECR countries.

 

What is e-Migrate project?

With a vision ‘To transform emigration into a simple, transparent, orderly and humane process’, the e-Migrate project has become ‘go-live’ with effect from 31-3-2015. The project has been made operational in all the Missions/Posts of the ECR countries with effect from June, 2015.

 

Do Foreign Employers have to register on e-Migrate for recruiting workers from India?

Registration of Foreign Employer (FE) in the e-Migrate system has been made mandatory from 1st June, 2015. Since inception, 1,01,062 FEs have registered in the system as on 18-04-2017.

 

Has e-Migrate system made it easier to get emigration clearance?

100% paperless emigration clearance for ECR passport holders Indian workers for overseas employment at PoE offices has been started under the e-Migrate system. About 20.00 lakh emigrants have been granted emigration clearance for overseas employment during the last three years through e-Migrate. This has brought about e-governance, transparency and faster processing of Emigration Clearance. No emigrant is now required to travel to the PoE offices as EC application/processing and approval is given on-line.

 

What steps are being taken for Grievance redressal of Indian emigrants?

All emigrants related grievances, received in any manner, are promptly attended to through Recruiting Agents and our Missions/Posts. Grievance redressal mechanism in the e-Migrate system has been initiated during 2016 and so far, 933 grievances have been settled. Protector General of Emigrants (PGE) and ten Protectors of Emigrants (PoEs) are also holding “Open House Sessions” on all Wednesdays for Public Grievances and settlement of Emigrants’ Grievances. Recently, the MADAD and e-Migrate grievance modules have been integrated in order to bring synergy in grievance redressal.

 

What action does the Government take on receiving requests for repatriation of emigrants in distress?

MEA is genuinely conscious about the welfare of Indian emigrant workers and spares no efforts to help them in times of distress. About 3000 emigrants in various ECR countries have been safely rescued/repatriated or re-deployed through the registered recruitment agents without any cost to Government, during the last one year or so. On receipt of complaints/grievances, a Show Cause Notice is issued to the Recruiting Agent to quickly repatriate/rescue the emigrant within 30 days failing which punitive action under the Emigration Act 1983 is taken against the RA.

 

What are the other significant steps taken by the Government towards welfare of emigrants?

The following measures have been put in place for ensuring welfare and safety of emigrants:

 

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