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Emigration process to be regulated soon

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KOCHI, MARCH 5. The Union Government will bring in Electronic Emigration Clearance Card soon to regulate and monitor those who are going abroad for work, Jagdish Tytler, Union Minister of State for Non-resident Affairs, has said.

He was speaking after inauguration of the NORKA-SCMS Institute of Paramedical and Development Studies (NSIPADS) on the new campus of the School of Communication and Management Studies (SCMS), here today.

The card, which will come into force by May 1, will have a validity of 2-5 years and will simplify the emigration process. All persons going abroad for employment should have this card, Mr. Tytler said.

Basic knowledge about working abroad will be made a must for all those who go abroad. Institutions that provide courses on this will be given licence. The requirement for getting licence would be basic infrastructure and adherence to a standard syllabus, which would soon be prepared, he said.

A group of lawyers will be set up soon, based in Dubai, to spot Indian labourers who have been denied their rights and to help them. The licence of recruitment agencies that had not sent a person abroad in the past 10 years would be cancelled, Mr. Tytler said.

The new reforms are being brought owing to the pathetic condition of many Indian labourers in foreign countries. Very soon, no one will be able to leave the nation until proper job and wages are ensured. By 2020, India would lead the intellectual world, Mr. Tytler said.

Recruitment licence

In his presidential address, M.M. Hassan, chairman of NORKA-ROOTS, said that it had been the department's long-standing demand that the Centre should grant it licence for recruiting nurses abroad.

Nurses from India have immense employment opportunities in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. But, many did not have enough communication skills, said Jiji Thomson, Principal Secretary, NORKA, while introducing the project.

NSIPADS is one of the 350 projects taken up under the Kerala Fast Forward scheme. Besides imparting basic training to job aspirants, the institute would provide computer literacy and improve their communication skills, Mr. Thomson said.

K. Mohammed Ali, MLA; M.O. John, chairman of Aluva Municipality; M.A. Yousuf Ali, Director, NORKA-ROOTS; Santha Unnikrishnan, president and Beevi Mayinkutty, member of Choornikara Grama Panchayat were present during the inauguration function. The chairman of SCMS Group of Educational Institutions, G.P.C. Nayar, welcomed the gathering.

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