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Visa applications of unskilled workers not be encouraged: HM

delhi Updated: Sep 30, 2009 22:22 IST

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Government on Wednesday made it clear that visa applications of unskilled or semi-skilled workers wanting to come to India will not be encouraged.

This was stated by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in response to questions about demands by certain foreign companies to send their workers for setting up their projects in India.

"We have a lot of unskilled and semi-skilled workers in the country and there is no dearth...However, if it is a case of specially skilled or high-skilled, we may consider it but only till the project is set up," Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi while presenting his ministry's performance for the month of September 2009.

The government recently gave a month's time to China to convert their visas from business to legitimate employment.

The decision came after Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan met Home Secretary G K Pillai requesting him to extend the September 30 deadline given to the Chinese citizens to change their visa status.

Around 25,000 nationals from China alone were working in various power, communication and petroleum sector projects across the country like Huwei and ZTE.

The Indian missions in China have issued 1.60 lakh business visas since 2007 till June 30, 2009.