ISLAMABAD Sept 26 — A total of 2.7 million (27,19865) workers have proceeded abroad for employment in last five years, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi said Thursday.
In a written reply to the question of Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, he said that among the workers as many as 30,681 of them belonged to Balochistan. A total of 4,20,788 workers have proceeded abroad during the current calendar year up to Aug, 2013).
The workers proceeded abroad either through overseas Employment Promoter (OEPs) or through Direct Employment as the selection of worker is the prerogative of employer which is based on criteria of right man for the right job.
Giving the year wise breakup, he said 431,764 workers have been sent abroad in 2008, 404,988 in 2009, 364,822 in 2010, 457,608 in 2011, 639,895 in 2012, while 420,788 workers have gone abroad this current year (upto Aug). (PNA/APP)