THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi inaugurated a research unit dedicated to studies in international migration at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) here on Monday.
Mr. Ravi said his Ministry would provide a grant of Rs.1.47 crores to the CDS for a five-year research programme covering all aspects of international migration.
The Ministry proposed to utilise the results of the research as an input in policymaking exercise. It signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CDS on this subject.
Addressing the function, Mr. Ravi said Indian workers faced "exploitation and abuse at worst and benign neglect at best" in some of the countries. At present, the migration process tended to be exploitative. It had to be made an orderly economic process beneficial to both the emigrant and the overseas employer.
He said his Ministry was drafting a new Bill to amend the Emigration Act of 1983 to bridle fraudulent recruiting agencies and ensure the safety and welfare of the emigrants. Mr. Ravi said the proposed Bill would have provision for strong punishment for duping.