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Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
31-July-2014 18:30 IST
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs’ Steps for the Welfare of Indians Working in Different Gulf Countries

 

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has taken the following steps for the welfare of Indians working in different Gulf Countries:

 

1.                      A 24x7 toll-free helpline viz. Overseas Workers Resource Centre (OWRC) has been set up in Delhi to enable emigrants/ prospective emigrants to seek information and file complaints against Recruiting Agents/ Foreign Employers.

 

2.                      Migration Resource Centres (MRCs) at Cochin and Hyderabad.

 

3.                      The Ministry undertakes vigorous Awareness Campaign through the print and electronic media to educate and sensitize potential emigrant workers about the legal emigration process and hazards of illegal emigration.

 

4.                      Opening of Indian Workers Resource Centre in host countries to serve as a one stop service outlet for the information and assistance needs of emigrants. An Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC) has been established at Dubai, UAE.

 

5.                      Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) has been established in all the Indian Missions for on-site welfare of emigrants. It provides boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in household domestic sectors and unskilled labourers, extending emergency medical care to the Overseas Indian in need, providing air passage to stranded Overseas Indians in need, providing initial legal assistance to the Overseas Indian in deserving cases, expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of the deceased Overseas Indian in such cases where the sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost, providing the payment of penalties in respect of Indian nationals for illegal stay in the host country where prime facie the worker is not at fault, providing the payment of small fines/penalties for the release of Indian nationals in jail/detention centre; etc.

 

6.                     Mandatory Insurance under Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana (PBBY), which covers for   death, permanent disability and medical insurance cover of any Indian emigrant who goes abroad for employment purpose after obtaining emigration clearance from the concerned Protector of Emigration (POE).

 

7.               Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has introduced Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) for the Overseas Indian working having Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports in India and ECR countries. The Government contribution under MGPSY is provided in addition to the subscriber’s contribution and is available for a maximum period of five years or for the period of overseas employment of the worker, whichever is less. This scheme provides life insurance, pension and resettlement on return.

 

Country-wise data of the Indians working in Gulf Countries are not maintained by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. However the numbers of Emigration Clearances granted to workers in Gulf Countries (from 2011 to 2014) are as under:

 

Country

No. of Emigration clearances granted

  Bahrain

59,291

  Kuwait

2,17,061

 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [KSA]

11,98,823

  Oman

2,51,717

  Qatar

2,28,259

  United Arab Emirates [UAE]

6,39,459

 

State-wise data of the Indians working in Gulf Countries are not maintained by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. However, the number of state- wise Emigration Clearance granted for working in Gulf Countries is at Annexure.

This Information was given by the Minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Gen. (Retd.) Dr. V. K. Singh in Rajya Sabha today.

YSK/ Uma

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ANNEXURE

STATE-WISE FIGURES OF WORKERS GRANTED EMIGRATION CLEARANCE DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS AND DURING THE CURRENT YEAR (UP TO JUNE 2014)

SN

State

BAHRAIN

KUWAIT

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to June 2014)

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to  June 2014

1.

A&N Islands

1

2

4

2

6

10

18

3

2.

Andhra Pradesh

2377

3465

3046

945

21318

27385

33409

16992

3.

Arunachal Pradesh

7

13

6

1

32

12

14

2

4.

Assam

15

24

13

11

171

233

435

322

5.

Bihar   

1137

1390

1163

437

1933

2251

2726

1478

6.

Chandigarh

12

25

34

15

42

30

72

40

7.

Chhattisgarh

1

1

0

1

1

6

8

4

8.

D & Diu

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

9.

Delhi

64

70

52

16

110

140

169

69

10.

DNH/UT

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11.

Goa

21

48

58

10

232

229

778

493

12.

Gujarat

189

159

167

81

796

466

557

304

13.

Haryana

44

35

43

12

62

133

88

64

14.

Himachal Pradesh

17

35

34

10

59

61

89

40

15.

Jammu & Kashmir

21

26

20

3

98

197

277

303

16.

Jharkhand

83

95

139

54

165

166

240

182

17.

Karnataka

384

445

344

155

1054

1047

1296

793

18.

Kerala

2729

3803

3133

1335

3809

4590

4628

3054

19.

Lakshadweep

1

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

20.

Madhya Pradesh

13

23

26

7

54

176

262

180

21.

Maharashtra

485

526

403

188

1838

1347

1777

1004

22.

Manipur

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23.

Meghalaya

2

1

0

0

3

0

0

1

24.

Mizoram

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

25.

Nagaland

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

26.

Orissa

186

199

195

57

711

624

791

375

27.

Pondicherry

4

8

6

3

62

102

156

66

28.

Port Blair

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29.

Punjab

1611

2240

1878

885

1630

1749

2367

1555

30.

Rajasthan

736

1011

815

328

956

2694

3506

2556

31.

Sikkim

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

32.

Tamil Nadu

1654

2503

2098

835

5779

6260

7731

4720

33

Telengana

0

0

0

83

0

0

0

207

34

Tripura

9

8

2

1

18

29

64

124

35

Uttar Pradesh

2680

3436

3218

1130

3145

4412

8743

6048

36

Uttarakhand

24

102

53

23

30

56

62

55

37

West Bengal

367

455

422

261

1048

1460

2370

2361

Total =

14878

20150

17374

6888

45163

55858

72635

43831

 

SN

State

THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (KSA)

OMAN

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to June 2014)

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to  June 2014

1.

A&N Islands

28

50

104

23

34

8

19

0

2.

Andhra Pradesh

20972

30706

30163

13969

10343

9584

7819

3423

3.

Arunachal Pradesh

65

81

76

41

27

9

5

1

4.

Assam

1976

2645

2798

1833

98

101

64

29

5.

Bihar   

35553

43294

46161

26145

8397

9763

7426

3105

6.

Chandigarh

352

284

346

281

44

121

67

31

7.

Chhattisgarh

70

64

46

43

12

7

6

10

8.

D & Diu

7

15

18

2

0

6

7

4

9.

Delhi

1183

1420

1373

711

239

245

169

71

10.

DNH/UT

21

16

33

7

3

0

1

0

11.

Goa

177

288

323

177

127

155

85

51

12.

Gujarat

2012

1807

1976

918

1308

1384

1867

853

13.

Haryana

350

440

477

259

117

129

130

38

14.

Himachal Pradesh

200

283

387

166

79

86

110

56

15.

Jammu & Kashmir

3767

3808

3569

1863

35

175

62

28

16.

Jharkhand

1873

2554

3280

2079

568

633

532

287

17.

Karnataka

7866

9493

8582

4105

1620

1751

1216

541

18.

Kerala

38889

41938

31519

14510

13277

14823

9656

3738

19.

Lakshadweep

3

5

58

5

1

1

1

1

20.

Madhya Pradesh

903

1080

1043

460

88

116

100

39

21.

Maharashtra

6403

7449

7537

3890

1482

1970

1388

708

22.

Manipur

5

2

6

3

0

1

1

0

23.

Meghalaya

6

9

6

0

0

5

4

1

24.

Mizoram

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

25.

Nagaland

36

2

7

3

0

0

0

0

26.

Orissa

1445

1833

2030

1281

951

1347

1449

1053

27.

Pondicherry

47

70

61

28

15

11

20

11

28.

Port Blair

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29.

Punjab

4479

5986

6899

2939

4191

5262

4197

1423

30.

Rajasthan

22141

25626

24288

10706

7227

7357

4104

1666

31.

Sikkim

4

5

11

4

2

0

0

3

32.

Tamil Nadu

21751

23427

21672

11759

8726

9892

8281

3614

33

Telengana

0

0

0

381

0

0

0

235

34

Tripura

324

381

313

148

48

23

15

8

35

Uttar Pradesh

101738

128701

133583

79207

14088

16584

13223

5837

36

Uttarakhand

950

1495

1488

1062

103

241

304

132

37

West Bengal

17369

22244

23936

15177

2456

2594

1542

760

Total =

292965

357498

354170

194185

75706

84384

63870

27757

 

SN

State

QATAR

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to June 2014)

2011

2012

2013

2014

(up to  June 2014

1.

A&N Islands

1

7

11

7

16

13

32

22

2.

Andhra Pradesh

4074

5923

7444

3519

12657

14825

21665

12551

3.

Arunachal Pradesh

14

21

37

2

37

17

107

6

4.

Assam

32

102

81

41

195

270

381

298

5.

Bihar   

4966

8935

11886

7202

18897

17222

25364

15050

6.

Chandigarh

75

92

216

121

325

232

342

291

7.

Chhattisgarh

10

6

22

9

21

25

42

50

8.

D & Diu

4

3

4

3

0

7

2

0

9.

Delhi

153

262

249

104

649

665

801

399

10.

DNH/UT

3

3

1

2

23

1

0

1

11.

Goa

66

95

79

42

386

506

628

282

12.

Gujarat

962

985

1252

798

3134

2067

2606

1368

13.

Haryana

64

125

191

92

353

260

658

393

14.

Himachal Pradesh

81

106

184

139

306

262

422

340

15.

Jammu & Kashmir

74

249

124

132

158

255

413

287

16.

Jharkhand

298

485

704

386

1200

1263

1668

1099

17.

Karnataka

887

1269

1614

788

3735

3849

4653

2405

18.

Kerala

7058

8911

9267

4149

21631

23222

26951

13688

19.

Lakshadweep

0

1

3

1

7

2

7

4

20.

Madhya Pradesh

45

74

163

42

296

299

187

177

21.

Maharashtra

1711

2560

3109

2148

4800

5230

5215

3231

22.

Manipur

2

0

3

1

4

4

8

2

23.

Meghalaya

1

11

7

1

4

12

43

0

24.

Mizoram

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

1

25.

Nagaland

0

0

1

1

2

1

3

1

26.

Orissa

395

798

1315

746

3263

2281

4330

2842

27.

Pondicherry

10

16

25

10

31

24

64

45

28.

Port Blair

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29.

Punjab

3421

5531

7299

3536

16124

15707

24513

41309

30.

Rajasthan

3384

5480

5990

3400

8303

7830

11983

8394

31.

Sikkim

0

2

0

0

2

3

8

0

32.

Tamil Nadu

4492

6123

7433

3613

13802

15114

21298

14509

33

Telengana

0

0

0

124

0

0

0

641

34

Tripura

16

10

18

9

35

21

56

29

35

Uttar Pradesh

8343

12050

16440

10870

25644

24016

40135

27462

36

Uttarakhand

50

131

151

70

284

413

681

407

37

West Bengal

1846

2730

3234

1960

5364

5219

7973

5807

Total =

42538

63096

78557

44068

141688

141138

203242

153391

 

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