Minister to lead six-member AP team to UAE

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Hyderabad, Oct 29 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Minorities Welfare Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir will lead a six-member team from the State to the United Arab Emirates tonight to bring back safely over 40,000 workers stranded there without proper documents.

With the extended deadline for return ending on November two, the Minister, along with five Union and State Government officials, was visiting the West Asian country to arrange for the return of the stranded workers, including air tickets.

In a Cabinet meeting on October 23, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had entrusted Mr Shabbir, also head of the cell in the General Administration department looking after the Non-Resident emigrant affairs, with the task of identifying the workers from the State overstaying in the Gulf nation without work permits.

The first batch of stranded passengers would be brought back on October 31. More than 25,000 workers had returned after the authorities there announced an amnesty till September two and extended the same up to November two, Mr Shabbir told reporters here.

Three travel agents have been taken into custody for trying to send those workers who had returned without proper travel documents.

Job melas were being organised in Nizamabad and Karimnagar, from where a large number of workers had left for Dubai, for providing them alternative employment. Three training centres in each district were being set up to provide suitable training to those who were returning from Dubai, he said.


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