Hyderabad: The State government has started cracking the whip against illegal or fake travel agents who are duping innocent persons seeking jobs in Gulf countries. Travel agents who are repeatedly committing offences and sending gullible persons abroad without valid documents, will be arrested under Preventive Detention Act and other relevant cases. Further, special teams are being formed to curb contract marriages and trafficking of women from Telangana to Gulf countries.
At a coordination meeting on NRIs’ issues at Secretariat on Saturday, Home Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy and NRI Affairs Minister KT Rama Rao said it has been mandated for all visa/travel agents to register themselves with the Home Ministry’s e-Migrate registry within 30 days. “A special drive will be conducted shortly against unauthorised agents. Those who do not register themselves will be treated as illegal or fake agents and necessary criminal action will be initiated against them,” the Ministers said.
Police authorities have been directed to initiate stronger measures to stop contract marriages of gullible women and also trafficking of women from Telangana State Gulf countries. The government proposed constitution of joint teams comprising officials from Police, NRI Affairs, Labour and Minority Welfare departments to stop contract marriages and women trafficking. It was observed that gangs from Mumbai and Kolkata were colluding with locals to perform contract marriages and transport women illegally to Gulf countries. The Ministers suggested the police authorities to obtain help from officials of police and passport offices at Mumbai and Kolkata to nab these gangs.
Meanwhile, Minister KT Rama Rao announced that foundation stone will be laid for the proposed Videshi Bhavan (NRI Bhavan) in Hyderabad in second week of February. Necessary arrangements are being made by the officials in this regard. He urged people to cooperate with the police authorities and the State government by reporting any cases of illegal agents. He suggested job aspirants to go abroad through Telangana Overseas Manpower Company Limited (TOMCOM) or registered travel agents to ensure safe emigration. Officials have been instructed to take up extensive informational campaigns to sensitise gullible people who are becoming easy prey to illegal immigration agents.
Less than three days after a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi, Rama Rao commenced measures to curb unauthorised agents and ensure safe immigration for all. During his Delhi visit, the Minister explained about stringent measures by the State government against fraudulent visa agents. Both the Central and the State governments are implementing various welfare programmes for NRIs and migrant labourers from India in Gulf countries. He extended support to the Central government’s decision to ban the passport of labourers for five years if they travel without proper visa and documentation for second time.
Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary for Home Rajiv Trivedi and senior officials from General Administration, Police, NRI Affairs and Labour departments along with officials from the office of Telangana Regional Passport Officer and Protector of Immigrants attended the meeting.
- All travel/visa agents mandated to register with the Home Ministry’s e-Migrate registry
- Criminal action against agents who fail to register within 30 days
- Special drive against unauthorised agents and Preventive Detention Act cases mulled for repeat offences
- Foundation stone for Videshi Bhavan (NRI Bhavan) in Hyderabad in second week of February
- Joint teams comprising officials from Police, NRI Affairs, Labour and Minority Welfare departments to stop contract marriages and women trafficking