Indian consulate gives away 700 outpasses

DUBAI — Hundreds of amnesty-seekers thronged the Indian High School, Dubai, yesterday as the Indian consulate started distributing outpasses for illegal workers to return home. Around 700 outpasses were issued by consulate officials yesterday. Nearly 5,500 applications had been received by the mission as of last week.

By Riyasbabu

Published: Mon 2 Jul 2007, 8:30 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:57 AM

Among the crowd at Shaikh Rashid Auditorium were illegal workers from Dubai and the Northern Emirates, who had to come to Dubai to get their outpasses. But consulate officials have promised to open a centre in Sharjah in the next two days for issuing outpasses.

Indian consulate spokesperson B.S. Mubarak said, “We distributed about 700 out passes yesterday. We are starting a new centre at the Indian Association Sharjah within two days. So people from Northern Emirate can go to Sharjah centre to collect the outpasses.”

He said the consulate needs more volunteers and help from social organisations as the number of amnesty-seekers is increasing.

‘We received more than 750 applications at the centre in Dubai only yesterday. As the number is increasing we are looking for more help for processing the applications,” he said.

The Indian community, he said, is responding positively by helping the mission in processing amnesty-seekers’ papers, he added.

Meanwhile, some amnesty-seekers complained of delays in the processing of outpasses saying that they had to wait for hours just to submit their applications.

“I came here at 8am and I had to wait until 12.30pm just to submit my application. Now I have to wait for another 15 days for the outpass,” said Murugan.

Rohit Reddy, a worker who received his outpass yesterday said, “Even after getting the outpass from the consulate, our misery does not end. We have yet to cross several hurdles like going to the Immigration Office for cancellation of visa and then to the police headquarters for fingerprinting etc. Once these procedures are over and Dubai Police clears us, only then can we finally leave the country.”

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