The government of Telangana would launch a crackdown on illegal migration agents, particularly against those sending workers to the Middle East.
KT Rama Rao, NRI Affairs Minister, and N Narasimha Reddy, home minister, speaking at a meeting held on 13 January, directed the police to penalise illegal agents and also asked the public to cooperate to eliminate this menace. They asked the senior police officials, present at that meeting, to act against such agents.
It was decided, during the meeting, to ask all manpower agents to register their names in the Union ministry of external affairs, overseas employment division’s e-migrate portal within a month, failing which they would be considered illegal agents and action could be taken against them
N Narasimha Reddy, as well as KT Rama Rao, said that the Preventive Detention Act would be initiated against repeat offenders. This would empower the police to arrest anybody on suspicion of indulging in such activities.
Meanwhile, KT Rama Rao held a meeting with Sushma Swaraj, Union external affairs minister, in Delhi, earlier in January, on the problems concerning Gulf workers from Telangana.
The Times of India reported that the foundation stone would be laid in the second week of February for the ‘Videsh Bhavan’ in Hyderabad. It is expected that Sushma Swaraj, External affairs minister, would lay the foundation stone for the Videsh Bhavan.
Although the clampdown will be initiated on illegal agents in the second week of February to give them sufficient time to get themselves registered, if they have not done so until now, the Telangana police is said to have begun arresting illegal agents.
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