16 Jul 2013 07:53

CHENNAI, July 13 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs said the number of women from South India seeking jobs abroad has increased in the last five years, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

A total of 1,981 women from southern states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry received clearance in 2011 from the Protector of Emigrants (PoE) office in Chennai to work abroad, up from 1,363 in 2010.

The number has also increased from 519 women in 2008 to 957 in 2009.

However, in 2012 the office registered 1,534 women from southern states leaving home to work overseas but the ministry said the number does not indicate a declining trend.

Many of the women have chosen to work in the Persian Gulf, with 490 registered from January to June this year.

"The increase of women going abroad means only that they are using legal channels to get a job. Previously illegal ways were used by agents in recruiting workers and the women would often get cheated once they reach their destination," said D Jai Sankar of PoE Chennai.

"Following the awareness campaigns that we have organised in all these states, the women are now aware that they need to register and go through the PoE to get jobs."

The PoE provides workers with an Emigration Check Required (ECR) stamp on their passports and helps to facilitate their travel abroad after verifying authenticity of job agents.