HYDERABAD: In its bid to curb illegal immigration of people to other countries and create an awareness among people over fake travel agents, the Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday issued orders for setting up a separate wing - Management Information System of NRI Affairs. The headquarters of this wing would be located in Hyderabad. The immigrants have to register with the system by paying a fee of Rs 250.
The proposed system has a separate website URL www.apnri.ap.gov.in for the benefit of AP Non-Resident Indians. The database of NRIs, which is an important input to address their grievances, can also be accessed through the same website.
‘’AP is one of the major labour sending states in India to the 17 ECR countries mostly in the Middle-East, North-Africa and South-East Asia. There is a largescale illegal immigration of labourers and no proper records were available of the authorised travel or recruiting agents with the department. Even the details of blacklisted agents are not available to create awareness among the public over fake agents,” the GO stated.
The core group to deal with the problems of irregular migration, set up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs recommended to the state governments to create scientific database on migration profiling at the state-level.
‘’A fee of Rs 250 per person, levied towards APNRI registration, shall be remitted into the government treasury. The mode of fee payment shall be by way of demand drafts. The DDs shall be drawn in favour of Special Secretary to Government (Protocol), General Administration (NRI) Department, AP Secretariat, Hyderabad,” the GO stated.