MOIA ( Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs ) has just launched a web site :
Without doubt , a very useful initiative to protect the interests of ( mostly ) , manual workers taking up jobs in Gulf Countries
The site requires registration from :
> Foreign Employers wanting to hire Indian workers for posting abroad
> Indian Recruitment Agencies working on behalf of such Foreign Employers
> Indian Companies taking their workers abroad for executing projects
emigrate.in , even provides some data about approximate prevailing wages that Indian workers may expect to get in a few foreign countries
So , what are the missing links ?
> This web site is meant to be used only by various Government Agencies
and what it calls , ” Partners ” ( ie : Foreign Employers / Indian
Recruitment Agencies / Indian Project Exporters )
> It does not host searchable databases of ,
* Manual job vacancies available abroad
* Manual workers ( Unskilled / Semi-Skilled / Skilled ) available in India
Now consider the following :
> These days , most every country is facing a slow-down of its economy
> As a result , Foreign Companies are under pressure to cut costs
> To cut costs , these companies are often retrenching employees
> For the same reason , these foreign companies are ” Outsourcing ”
their ” Back-Office Jobs ” to India / Malaysia / Indonesia / Philippines etc
> In nearly all countries , unemployment is steadily rising
> As a result , there is a strong resentment against foreign workers
> Since foreign workers work for lesser wages , they are looked upon as
snatching away jobs from native population
> Soon , thousands of illegal migrants from North African countries , who
are currently flooding the European countries – and facing strong local
resistance – will start rushing to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries ,
which are today , primary destinations of manual Indian workers.
For reasons of religion and language , they will score over the Indians
Also consider scenario closer at home in India :
> India adds some 12 million people to its workforce each year
> Of these , some 3.5 million are ” Graduates ”
> These graduates are unemployable as ” Workers ” , since they do not
possess any ” Manual Skills ” ( Carpenter / Electrician / Plumber etc )
> And they don’t want to work as ” Unskilled Labor ” – at home or abroad !
> Some 430 lakhs of them are already registered with 900+ Employment
Exchanges – which can find jobs for only 1 lakh per year !
> These 430 lakh resumes ( applicants ) are unavailable for searching and
short-listing , by any Foreign or Indian Project Employer, visiting ,
> Nor does emigrate.gov.in , carry any searchable listing of jobs abroad,
which these 430 lakh jobseekers can search and directly “Apply Online “,
without having to depend upon the intermediaries ( recruitment agents )
At this stage , it is worth asking ourselves :
> Are there clear – and present – indicators that physical export of Indian
Manual Labour is bound to sharply decline in next 2/3 years ?
> On the other hand , is there a clear opportunity for India’s millions of
graduates , to offer their ” Digital Back Office Services ” to Foreign
companies , who do not face as much resistance to ” Outsourcing ” as
they do with physical presence of Indians on their own soil ?
Virtual office operations carried out from India and delivered over
Internet , are inconspicuous ! And a god-sent opportunity for
India’s teeming self-employed ” Freelancers ” , who can deliver such
services at globally competitive prices.
> Is it not the right time for Central Government to become “Proactive”
and launch a Virtual Employment Exchange ( VEE ) , as outlined in
” W3F ( World Wide Work Federation ) “,
described on my personal site hemenparekh.in ?
04 July, 2015