illegal_worker_ in_UAEThe Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the state and federal governments to submit a report by today on the action taken by them on representations made by the Migrants Rights Council (MRC) seeking assistance for Indian illegal workers in the UAE, in the wake of the amnesty announced by the UAE government.

Justice C.V Nagarjuna Reddy gave the orders, while taking up a joint writ petition filed by the MRC and the Palamooru Migrant Labour Union, directing the authorities concerned to bring back all the immigrant workers residing illegally in the UAE by offering attractive return and re-integration package to all the eligible returnees.

MRC vice-president M. Bheem Reddy told Khaleej Times on Sunday that counsel for government argued that the administration needed at least three to four weeks’ time to file the Action Taken Report (ATR), but Justice Reddy said there would be no meaning to the ATR then, since the amnesty announced by the UAE government ends on February 3. The MRC had subsequently also written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking his intervention in the matter.

The petitioners submitted that there was no response from the government, to the representations made by them seeking intervention and effective steps to repatriate the migrant workers belonging to Andhra Pradesh by providing them a return and reintegration package.

They also wanted the government to provide free or at least subsidised air tickets for those who avail of the amnesty along with the return and reintegration package to the immigrants to settle down in their home towns.

Source: Khaleej Times