Punjab to soon implement new policy to prevent exploitation of women in foreign countries-Dr.  Baljit Kaur

National Punjab

Marathon discussion organised comprising victims and other stake holders for policy formation

Emphasis on the need to suppress unauthorized travel agents

Jalandhar, June 11

 Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development Dr.  Baljit kaur on Sunday said that the Punjab Government will soon implement the new policy to prevent the exploitation of Punjabi women at aboard especially who suffered due to the misguidance by travel agents.

She was addressing during the discussion held here at the DAC Jalandhar in which Minister for Local Government Mr. Balkar Singh, MLA Inderjit Kaur Mann, Deputy Commissioner Deep Shikha Sharma, Punjab Container and Warehouse Corporation Chairperson Rajwinder Kaur Thiara and a large number of women from different districts of Punjab participated. Dr. Baljit kaur said that the voice raised by the victims would get due consideration in the policy formation so that the interest of women could be safeguard on priority basis.

Sharing the grief of the victims, the Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development assured them that the Punjab government led by the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann  would take stern action to prevent such frauds in the future.

During the discussion, some victims women said that the agents gave them the assurance of a safe and respectable job abroad that would lead to a prosperous life before sending them to a foreign country where they had nothing but to suffer.

Dr.  Baljit Kaur said that such unfortunate incidents and exploitation of the women from Punjab would not be tolerated by the state government and strict legal amendments will be made to prevent these.

She said that the biggest problem that had come to fore during discussion was the frauds by travel agents, and the Punjab government would end such practices by cracking down heavily on unauthorized agents.

 Emphasizing on the empowerment of women, she said that efforts would be made to provide maximum benefits to women through the ongoing ‘Sakhi One Stop Center’ scheme in Punjab.

On this occasion, Cabinet Minister Mr. Balkar Singh said that the Punjab government’s decision for the construction of the first working women’s hostel at Jalandhar and open discussion for policy formation would bear the desired results.

On this occasion, Special Secretary,  Social Security Women and Child Development Department Ms. Vimmy Bhullar, police and civil officers, representatives of NGOs, subject experts were also present among prominent personalities.

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