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Badal assurance on issue of Punjabis in foreign jails

‘Plan to take it up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh'



‘Appeals to the Centre to ask embassies of various countries to identify such persons'

‘Over one lakh young persons who migrated illegally had landed up behind bars'



Chandigarh: A day after a study revealed that over 20,000 young persons from Punjab attempt illegal migration to other countries every year, the State Government on Friday said it would take up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the issue of Punjabis lodged in foreign jails. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal assured the State Assembly in this regard during Zero Hour when Sukhpal Singh Khaira (Congress) mentioned that several Punjabi young persons were currently in foreign jails after being cheated by travel agents. “It is an important issue... thousands of youths from the State are in jails of foreign lands,” Mr. Sukhbir Singh said while assuring the House that “he will meet the Prime Minister on the issue as it has international ramifications.”

Mr. Sukhbir Singh, who was the leader of the House in the absence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for health reasons, appealed to the Centre to ask embassies of various countries to identify such youths. He said several youths from Punjab after being deceived by travel agents were in jails of Russia, Ukraine and Africa.

Earlier, highlighting the issue, Mr. Khaira said over one lakh youths who migrated illegally had landed up behind bars. According to the study by UN Office on Drugs and Crime, high unemployment rate is forcing over 20,000 youths from Punjab to migrate to other countries by using illegal channels every year. -- PTI