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2-year performance: Multiple initiatives taken to implement PM’s vision for expats, labourers welfare

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) has made great strides for the welfare of Pakistani expatriates and social protection of labourers under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The ministry had taken multiple initiatives for creation of more overseas employment opportunities, welfare of Pakistanis abroad, and provision of decent working conditions and social protection to the workers in the country, a senior officer of the OP&HRD ministry said.

Highlighting the ministry’s two-year performance, he said 496,286 and 382,439 Pakistani emigrants proceeded abroad during 2017 and 2018 respectively for prospective job assignments.

More than 968,000 emigrants had been registered by the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment in the same period for foreign jobs, he added.

He said the ministry had signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan and Kuwait for boosting manpower export to those countries. More markets were being explored to create employment opportunities for Pakistanis, he added.

The officer said it was the first government which had made sure 100 per cent biometric verification of intending emigrants to streamline the registration process, improve service delivery and curb malpractices in the emigration process.

Biometric verification system at all the seven protectorate offices had been linked with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

He said the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) condition for the migrants had been abolished to reduce cost of migration. One-window facilitation desks for the collection of all registration fees including welfare fund, insurance charges and promotion fees had been set up at all the protectorate offices.

Establishment of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) facility at Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Headquarters, Qatar Visa Centers, dedicated desk in Model Police Station F-6, Islamabad, online complaint redressal system, Naya Pakistan Calling and creation of online linkage with destination countries for employment promotion was among other initiatives taken by the OP&HRD ministry for welfare of expats.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.