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QUESTION NO.3903 WORKERS STUCK ABROAD

December 11, 2019

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3903
TO BE ANSWERED ON 11.12.2019


WORKERS STUCK ABROAD


†3903. SHRI CHHATAR SINGH DARBAR:
SHRI MANSUKHBHAI DHANJIBHAI VASAVA:
DR.VIRENDRA KUMAR:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether several workers have been stuck in foreign countries on account of illegal practices of agents who send workers to foreign countries;

(b) if so, the details in this regard;

(c) whether the Government has received any complaints in this regard; and

(d) if so, the details thereof along with the remedial measures taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (d) Ministry of External Affairs from time to time receives complaints from Indian Emigrants or their relatives who had been sent fraudulently for overseas employment by illegal agents.

On account of the fact that, such persons are sent in an illegal manner, unless the victims report or are caught by authorities, the details of the persons transported to other countries are not fully available.

As per the available records, number of cases forwarded to the State/Union Territory (UT) Governments against illegal agents and number of Prosecution Sanctions issued during 2016-2019 are appended below:

Year

No. of Complaints

Cases referred to State Government for action

Prosecution Sanction sought

Prosecution Sanction issued

2016

231

231

42

42

2017

446

446

30

30

2018

350

350

15

15

2019 #

610

610

34

34



# (up to 31st October, 2019).

Ministry of External Affairs has issued a Standard Operating Procedure to be followed by State/UT Governments on receipt of complaints of cheating by illegal agents. Visual and print media campaigns are also launched from time to time for promoting legal and safe migration and encouraging emigrants to use the services of registered Recruiting Agents to avoid being trapped by illegal/fake agents.

In order to promote safe and legal emigration and to curb the overseas recruitment activities being carried out by illegal agents, several conferences at the level of External Affairs Minister (EAM) have been held in last five years. In all the meetings, the State/UT Governments were, inter-alia, requested to proactively take measures to check the growth of illegal agents and to take strict action against them. They were also requested to launch awareness campaigns in vernacular medium for wider coverage and dissemination, which are being done.

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