Govt steps up efforts to rehabilitate returning expatriates

NEW DELHI: With a growing number of Indians returning from abroad,

including the Gulf, on account of global disruptions caused by the COVID-19

pandemic, the Union government has decided to collect information from

arriving passengers on repatriation flights that will explore possibilities of

finding employment for them as part of their resettlement, according to WAM

News Agency.

Resources of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which is organising the

repatriation flights, the Ministry of External Affairs, which is streamlining the repatriation through its embassies and consulates and the Ministry of Skill

Development and Entrepreneurship, which can explore and develop

employment avenues, are being pooled to help in this resettlement

programme, according the news agency.

Explaining the pooling of resources, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, the

Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said: “These are

testing times and it is crucial that the entire country comes together and

supports the Central government in its efforts to address the challenges

posed by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He said the data collected from returning Indians upon arrival will help

them to find jobs and “bridge the current demand-supply gap in employment.”

He aims to create a database of returnees based on their skills, use

state-of-the-art technology for skill mapping and tap into and fulfil the

demand for skilled workers from Indian and foreign companies as the

economy recovers from the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus.

Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Civil Aviation, said: “We have

observed that a lot of our overseas workers returning to India due to the

pandemic possess international skill sets and experience which can be of

great value for the domestic market.”

He said in-flight announcements are being made by Air India and Air India

Express that are operating repatriation flights to ensure that all our migrants

returning from abroad can be informed about this initiative. Airports have

also put up banners and digital signages about this initiative.

Dr S Jaishankar, the Minister for External Affairs said: “In view of the global

emergency caused by the unprecedented spread of the Novel Coronavirus,

we are committed to provide every possible support to our citizens stranded

abroad,  and the challenges they are facing. We shall actively promote this

initiative  through our Embassies and Consulates across different countries.

The initiative will help in the deployment of returning Indian workforce

matching their skill sets.”



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