The police verification card issued to migrants has many takers now among Punjabis too, as the certificate proves to be a passport to jobs in the private sector, where employers want to be sure the workers have no criminal past.
As many as 2,750 Punjabis have applied for this verification with the Ludhiana police, which had introduced the facility in the industrial city in March 2006.
Details of the applicants are sent to their home district senior superintendent of police for verification. After receiving feedback, a verification card is issued.
In April last year, the entire data was also put up on the website, www.ismic.org, where it can be accessed from anywhere.
Some of the companies in Ludhiana — the city that employs the largest migrant workforce in the state — have made it mandatory for workers to possess a verification card.
According to Mohali-based Plateau Technologies, which produces the cards for the Community Policing Resource Centre (CPRC) of Ludhiana, out of the total 49,300 applicants, the majority is from Uttar Pradesh (21,495), followed by Bihar (19,737) and Punjab (2,750).
There are also 734 persons from Nepal who have applied for the card.
Ranjodh Singh, managing director of GS Radiators, a local industrial unit, says they prefer workers with police verification, especially if they are fresh migrants and have no reference.
Recently, feedback from the home districts of applicants revealed 42 of them had criminal cases registered against them. At the time, these persons were employed in leading industrial houses of the city.
Sandeep Mittal, director of Plateau Technologies, says though the verification system was initially launched only for migrant workers, it was later extended to tenants and servants as well.