3,444,655 Pakistani workers sent to Gulf countries in last five years: Senate told.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Interprovincial Harmony Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada
on Wednesday informed the Senate that a total of 3,444,655 Pakistani workers were sent to the Gulf countries during the last five years.
Replying to various questions during Question Hour, the minister said that some 369,737 Pakistani were sent to the Gulf countries in 2017, 822,466 in 2016, 919,882 in 2015, 722,850 in 2014 and 609,720 in 2013.
He said these Pakistani were sent to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
To a supplementary question, the minister said our workers were mostly non-skilled and European Countries needed skilled workers.To another question, the minister said that Overseas Pakistanis Division has been managing an Online system since February 2016 for registration /redressal of Grievances of Overseas Pakistanis. However, it was realized that there was duplication of registration of complaints of Overseas Pakistanis in the Ministry as well as Overseas Pakistanis Foundation. He said the system has been centralized under Overseas Pakistanis Foundation and further upgraded to facilitate the Overseas Pakistanis and their families.Further, round the clock Monitoring/Complaint Cell has also been established in OPF head office Islamabad.
The main function of the cell was to facilitate the Overseas Pakistanis at any time, he added.
He said Help Line (111-040-040) besides one Window Facilitation Desks (OWFD) have been
established at all major International Airports in Pakistanis to resolve the issues of overseas Pakistanis, while coming in and going abroad.
He said in addition Grievances Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis has been
appointed by the Wafaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman) Secretariat, Islamabad for
resolving the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis. Similarly, Punjab government set
up Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab (OPC) for resolving the problems of the overseas Pakistanis and registered their complaints through online system.
The minister said OPF received 2497 complaints so far. Out of the total, 1067 cases have been settled while 1430 cases were under process.