Kollu Ravindra, Andhra Pradesh’s Minister for NRI Empowerment and Relations, said that their government will shortly be establishing a Migrant Economic Reintegration Centre and Migrant Resource Centre for the benefit of NRTs (Non-Resident Telugus) to deal with the concerns regarding their working and living conditions abroad and also to ensure their safe return home.
The cabinet has given a go-ahead to these initiatives, which are said to be an extension of this state’s Migrants’ Welfare and Development Policy.
Mr. Ravindra, who was speaking at a two-day workshop on orientation for migration and pre-departure, jointly organised by APNRTS (AP Non-Resident Telugu Society), ICM (India Centre for Migration) and the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) on 11 October, said genuine date of migrants was not available with Andhra Pradesh and it had made a request to the MEA to provide the information on the same to all states to help them to draft welfare policies for the large number of Indian expats working abroad.
The Minister was quoted by The Hindu as saying that proper communication was necessary for them to address such issues from the MEA. Meanwhile, a 24/7 helpline has been set up by the Andhra Pradesh government for the expats in addition to INR1,000,000 insurance for accidental deaths and other amenities in the backdrop of the difficulties that could be faced by the existing and prospective migrants and those returning to earn a livelihood in the southern Indian state.
Mr Ravindra added that their government was worried about the well-being of a large number of expats who intend to work in the Gulf countries where a lot of issues trouble them while they execute their contracts. The other concerns they face include being deported on flimsy grounds and problems while accessing consular and passport services.
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