Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today urged the Centre to give necessary instructions to the Indian Missions in the ECR (Emigration Check Required) Countries to initiate discussions with the foreign Governments and foreign employers to sensitize and guide them register in the newly introduced ‘eMigrate’ system and raise their demands for Indian nurses.
In a letter, which was circulated to the media here, to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he suggested to hold a meeting of the Heads of Missions in the ECR countries for taking forward the new system.
Appreciating the steps taken by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) for entrusting the overseas recruitment of Indian nurses to state run agencies, he said it is a welcome step towards curtailing the ill practices existing in the recruitment field.
The new system introduced by the Government of India is yet to be made fully operational, he felt.
The Indian Missions should initiate dialogues with the respective foreign governments to create awareness about the recruitment through the state run agencies.
Only then the foreign employers will come forward to recruit nurses from India through the state run agencies, he added.
Since the recruitment through the state agencies is yet to become operational, nurses were getting recruited through the private recruiting agencies.
The Kerala Government agencies viz. NORKA Roots and ODEPC can do the recruitment of Indian nurses through the eMigrate system, he suggested.
As per the recent amendments made in the United Kingdom Immigration Rules, migrated workers have to leave UK after six years if they do not earn at least 35,000 per annum.
Media reports reveal that over 30,000 nurses from India and other non-European countries employed within Britains State funded National Health Services (NHS) will be forced to leave UK under the new Immigration Rules.
Nurses in UK, on an average earn salary between 21000 and 28000 pounds in a year. At present, the number of nurses from India is estimated to be 17,000 of which 70 to 75 percent are from Kerala.
The change in Rule will adversely affect the migrants from India, especially nurses from Kerala from the year 2017, he said.