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India, Poland form JWG to regulate workforce migration

India, Poland form JWG to regulate workforce migration
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First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 01 02 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 01 02 PM IST
New Delhi: With a view to regulate the flow of labour, India and Poland on 13 June formed a joint working group to hammer out an agreement on the issue of migration.
The visiting Polish Minister for Labour and Social Policy, Anna Kalata, called on the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and discussed ways in which movement of workers can be managed, especially from India to Poland.
“Polish economy is growing very fast, at the rate of 7.4%. We need people, especially in the, agriculture, road-making and construction sectors,” Kalata told reporters here.
The Polish minister said her country looked forward to Indian companies extending their expertise in these sectors.
“In the process of undertaking projects there, these companies can also bring along semi-skilled and unskilled labour under the MoU which will be worked out soon,” Kalata said.
Terming his discussion with the Polish minister as “fruitful”, Ravi said, “the working groups of each country will take into account the prevailing labour scenario and MoU will be worked out soon.”
“This effort towards an MoU is not because of any complaint regarding immigrants,” Ravi clarified.
During the discussions, the minister assured the visiting dignitary that a “robust statutory framework” existed in India for facilitating managed migration and discouraging irregular migration.
The same is now being fortified by implementing e-governance, the Polish minister was told.
Kalata said she will discuss the labour migration related proposals from Indian side with the concerned ministries in her government before a proper migration policy with respect to India is put in place.
Initially the infrastructure sectors will be thrown open to the Indian companies. Later, according to emerging needs, other sectors too will be opened, Kalata said.
After joining European Union in May, 2004, an estimated 300,000 skilled and unskilled labour from this east European nation have migrated to other EU countries in search of better pays - leaving a vacuum in the infrastructure sector.
Service sector is a major contributor to Poland’s GDP, followed by industry, manufacturing and agriculture.
At present, there are about 3,000 Indians working in Poland.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2007. 01 02 PM IST