July 28, 2021: Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs addressed a special event on reaching a landmark of providing training to one lakh Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT) participants. In this virtual event, MoS handed over participation certificate to 1,00,000th participant and also launched new PDOT portal http://pdot.mea.gov.in .
2. Ministry of External Affairs launched PDOT programme in 2018 to enhance soft skills of Indian migrant workers going abroad, especially to Gulf countries and other ECR countries. The orientation helps migrant workers to understand culture, language, tradition and local rules and regulations of the destination country. This also helps them to know various government initiatives for their welfare and protection such as Pravasi Bharatiya Bima Yojana, Indian Community Welfare Fund, MADAD portal, Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendras etc .
3. In his address, MoS highlighted the various recent initiatives of MEA for delivering PDOT effectively and to increase out reach. These include:
- Expansion of PDOT centres from present 30 to more than 100 across the country and diversifying our partners by including CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Common Services Centres of MEITY, to supplement National Skill Development Corporation and State Governments.
- Introduction of online PDOT training since April 2021. This helped in reaching out the far flung and remote areas and attracting many women participants.
- Development of country specific and sector specific PDOT training manuals, going forward.
- Development of PDOT manual on Specialized Skilled Workers (SSW) scheme of Japan. MoU with Japan was signed early this year for cooperation on SSW scheme of Japan where our workers will have opportunity to work in Japan in select 14 sectors. Ministry in the process of integrating this with PDOT to provide training.
4. Further, MoS encouraged all stakeholders including Protectors of Emigrants, PDOT training centres, Recruitment Agents and PDOT participants to guide and explain benefits of PDOT to prospective emigrants. Wishing the participants, MoS asked them to make full use of government’s initiatives for their welfare and also to maintain contact with Indian Missions abroad after reaching the respective destination countries, whenever there is need.Disclaimer: We donot claim that the images used as part of the news published are always owned by us. From time to time, we use images sourced as part of news or any related images or representations. Kindly take a look at our image usage policy on how we select the image that are used as part of the news.