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Gujarat to supply trained labour to the world
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Gandhinagar: Gujarat government plans to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with foreign countries to supply trained labour and prevent illegal migration. This will save workers from the state exploitation and harassment abroad.
The MoUs will be signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS) scheduled in January 2017, said Gujarat's labour and employment minister Vijay Rupani.
He said the government had received several representations about fraudulent agents taking workers to the Middle East and other countries illegally.
"Very frequently, these labourers are put at risk whenever there is social unrest in these countries. They even face exploitation by their employers who confiscate their passports to prevent them from leaving," Rupani said.
The minister clarified that to prevent the exploitation of workers, the state government had decided to tie up with countries in the Middle East which attract trained manpower from the state.
"Formal MoUs will be signed with different countries during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit next year," Rupani said.
The minister further said that the state government is training many youth under the Prime Minister's skills development mission.
"We will train youth who wish to go abroad and work as labourers. We will also help them go abroad with proper documentation and through authorized government agencies government," the minister said.
Rupani said that this will check cheating cases and also ensure the safety of workers from Gujarat when they are abroad.
"We also have plans to sign agreements for providing customized training to our labourers with the needs of foreign governments in mind. The state government will soon start registration of workers keen to go abroad for work,'' Rupani said.