CHANDIGARH ( By YS.Rana): Worried over the increasing trend of frauds in migration of Indians to foreign countries in search of employment in the recent past, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi has evolved a plan to ensure safe, orderly, legally and humane migration process in the framework of motto “Surakshit Jaaye, Prashikshit Jaaye, Vishwas Ke Saath Jaaye” in 2018.
The Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED), Chandigarh, has been empanelled as a training partner by the Ministry and National Skill Development Council (NSDC) for conducting the pre-departure orientation training (PDOT) at Mohali for prospective emigrants, especially those moving to ECR countries. While talking to its Principal Director, Mr Paramjit Singh told that since its empanelment by the Ministry, it has received candidates for training from all over North India particularly Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The Centre started imparting training under the scheme from December 1, 2019, and training is provided free-of-cost, says he. Up to January 29, the centre has imparted training to 283 prospective migrants who wished to go abroad.
He further revealed that voluntary pre-departure orientation (PDOT) programme has been stated by the Ministry in 2018 and now achieved a new milestone whereby a total number of emigrants imparted PDOT crossed the figure of 50,000 across the country.
Aims at enhancing soft skills of migrant workers in terms of culture, language, tradition and local rules and regulations of the destination country and to sensitize them about pathways to safe and legal migration including various government programmes for their welfare and protection while their stay in a foreign country.
The Ministry has rolled out one day PDOT programmes initially at two Centres each in Delhi and Mumbai in January 2018. Subsequently, the number of PDOT Centres has been increased to 10. Of these, six are managed by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) at Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow and Kochi. Remaining four centres are located at Jaipur and Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar and run by the respective state government agencies of Rajasthan and Telangana.
Mr Singh further said that well being and welfare of Indian migrants abroad was the foremost priority of the Ministry and our missions/posts abroad. As a part of continued pro-active efforts in this direction, the Ministry has been taking further steps aimed at imparting pre-departure orientation training to five lakh Indian emigrants going overseas in search of jobs by 2022.
He further stated that a timely PDOT could positively enhance a worker’s migration experience; facilitate safe and legal migration abroad to save them from frauds; enable the migrant to live and work in the country without any problem; help them integrate with their local community last but not the least to create awareness among migrants about ‘Dos and Don’ts” as well as the laws and regulations of destination country