• PRESIDE OVER ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE ON SAFE AND LEGAL MIGRATION ORGANIZED BY CRRID
Jalandhar, February 19, 2020: Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma and Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal today underlined the need for further making more concerted efforts to make the people aware about safe migration abroad.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Round Table Conference on Safe and Legal Migration organized by Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today, the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police said that this was need of the hour to ensure that people chose the safe way of migrating abroad. They said that this was a very important issue as Doaba in general and Jalandhar, in particular, has highest concentration of NRIs in the country and the fad amongst the youth to move abroad was still unending. Sharma and Mahal said that Punjabis have gone far and wide across the globe and have proved their mettle in almost every arena.
The Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police further said that whether it was Gulf or development countries hard-working and resilient Punjabis have contributed immensely in the social-economic development of that country. They said on an average more than one lakh youth from the state were migrating to the foreign countries every year. Sharma and Mahal said that the migrated populace was bringing along with them soft and infrastructural ideas that were giving a fillip to the development of the country.
However, the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police said that in the past some years a lot of illegal travel agents have mushroomed up in the state. They said that after the major crackdown against illegal travel agents last year around 1000 travel agents have registered themselves with the administration, the details of which were available on the website of the district administration. However, Mr. Sharma and Mr. Mahal said that it was unfortunate that people were still falling prey to illegal travel agents which needs to be checked.
The Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police said that Canada was a developed country and the progress of this country and the prosperity of its people was attracting the people from across the globe. They said that the need of the hour was to ensure that migration taking place to the country was legal and safe for which concerted efforts need to be made by one and all. Mr. Sharma and Mahal advocated more such workshops in the larger public interest to sensitize the people.
On the occasion, Christopher Kerr from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said that in the last two there has been a 400% increase in the trend amongst youth for going to Canada. He said that Punjabis which was 2.3% of the total population of the country constituted 60% of migration to Canada. Kerr said that the Canadian government welcomes all the legal migrations from India with open arms.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Arun Saini, former Director-General and Project Coordinator CRRID Dr. Kishan Chand, Professor CRRID Dr. Aswini Kumar Nanda, Acting Director CRRID Sunil Bansal, Anindita Buragohain and Monika Moricz from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and others also addressed the gathering.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Civil Surgeon Dr. Gurinder Chawla, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Bagga, Deputy Director Employment Sunita Kalyan, Deputy District Education Officer Gurpreet Kaur and others were also present.