Monday, October 25, 2010

Data system to keep tab on migrant workers

by Ananda Kannangara

The new Internet Networking System (INS) which was launched by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will ensure the safety of over 1.3 million Sri Lankan migrant workers.

Chairman, SLBFE, Kingsley Ranawaka told the Sunday Observer that the INS will provide information on Sri Lankan workers employed overseas and it will also help to keep a track on each worker.

Accordingly, the system will pave the way for Sri Lankan foreign recruiting agency officials to keep a tab on their foreign counterparts on various issues pertaining to our workers.

It is said that over eight million Sri Lankans who are employed in the Middle Eastern region will immensely benefit from the new INS system.

“This system will also help our employment agencies to directly get in touch with the Sri Lankan embassy in that particular country and obtain information on the situation of our workers,”, Ranawake said.

He said this system, which is to be the first of its kind in the world will also ensure the safety and protection of our workers.

Sri Lankan foreign job seekers could also obtain information on licensed recruitment agencies which are presently operating all over the country through this system.

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