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Senate Standing Committee recommends more protector offices according to needs of the people

Islamabad, May 05, 2016 (PPI-OT):Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource has recommended to the ministry to establish more protector offices in the country according to the needs of the people. The committee asked the government to carry out market survey and give more opportunities to the people of areas which have more ratio of people going abroad.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Baz Muhammad Khan here at the Parliament House on Thursday. The protectorate of Emigrants currently has seven offices in Pakistan situated in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Multan and Malakand. The Secretary of the ministry told the meeting that the ministry is in process of setting up protector office in Gilgit-Baltistan. The committee also asked for work on eradicating rampant corruption in protector offices.

The meeting was primarily aimed at holding briefing from Protectorate of Emigrants and Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment. DG Rana Matloob from the ministry briefed the committee that from 1971 to 2016, more than 9 millions Pakistanis have proceeded abroad on work visas and the highest number was recorded in 12015 with 946,571 people moving abroad.

He further said that 96% overseas Pakistanis who are working are in Gulf countries, 1% in European Union and 3% in other countries. The committee was given detailed account of the number of workers and statistics on revenue collection by different protector offices. It was told that four offices are headed by directors and three by deputy directors.

Secretary of the ministry told the meeting that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa makes 12% of Pakistan’s population but 26% of people working abroad are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similarly 5 lakh people belonging to FATA are working abroad and sending huge amount of remittances but there are fewer training facilities for people of these areas. The ministry was also asked to increase training opportunities for people who move abroad so that they have better employment opportunities and are paid better.

The ministry told the committee that the ministry is also planning to establish office and schools of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation in FATA. The ministry is also working alongwith law division to bring some amendments in the emigration act of 1979. The meeting was attended among others by Senator Abdul Qayyum, Senator Haji Saifullah Bangash, minister for overseas Pakistanis, secretary overseas Pakistanis and other officers from the ministry.

For more information, contact:
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Syed Hasnain Haider
Senate of Pakistan
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H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
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