Insurance is going to be mandatory from 1st of August 2017 for all ECR (i.e. Emigration Check Required) passport holders who travel to 18 notified countries for employment.
What is ECR passport?
Indian passports are divided into 2 categories, namely Emigration Check Required (ECR) and Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR). Now the passports that are issued before January 2007 are categorized as ECR and those issued later fall under ECNR category.
Why and how?
The new guideline has been introduced under the scheme of Pravasi
What will be the impact?
As per statistics, over 6 lakh Indians with ECR passports travel abroad for employment as unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers. Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka (about 1.5 lakh workers) have a massive outflow of emigrants both in terms of white and blue-collared jobs out of which hitherto most of the blue-collared workers avoided
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(Source and Credits: The Times of India)