KERALA

Hassan's plea to Centre

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Oct. 13. The Information and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, M.M. Hassan, who is also in charge of the department for handling the affairs of the non-residents, has urged the Union Labour Minister, Sahib Sigh Verma, to cancel the newly-imposed conditions for issuing emigration clearance to those seeking jobs abroad. The conditions were that they should remit their return fare in advance and give an undertaking that they would not accept any job other than that mentioned in the visa. He said because these conditions those seeking jobs abroad had to mobilise an additional amount ranging between Rs.15,000 and Rs. 35,000. It was creating a great difficulty to those going abroad to eke out a living. Under the earlier provision, it was enough if the agent, submitting the application for emigration, gave a bank guarantee. He informed the Union Minister that the new provision was causing a lot of hardship to thousands of people from Kerala who were seeking jobs in the Gulf countries. He lauded the Minister for cancelling the condition that the original of the power of attorney, demand letter and specimen employment contract should be produced.

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