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India partially lifts ban on emigration to Libya

News18

First published: June 16, 2012, 3:12 AM IST | Updated: June 16, 2012
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India partially lifts ban on emigration to Libya
The ban on going to Libya for employment was imposed on February 21, 2011 after violence rocked the country.

New Delhi: The government on Friday partially lifted the ban on emigration to Libya more than a year after the country was hit by violence and internal strife.

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi announced the partial lifting of the emigration ban to Libya. The ban on going to Libya for employment was imposed on February 21, 2011 after violence rocked the country.

After an interim government has taken over, the situation has improved. It has been noticed that there is growing demand for manpower in Libya in various sectors, officials in the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry said.

They said there have been repeated requests for sending required manpower from India to Libya. The manpower from other competitive markets like Bangladesh, Egypt, Philippines are arriving in Libya.

The decision to lift the ban partially was taken in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Mission in Libya, they said.

Ravi said doctors and para-medical staff will be permitted to emigrate to Libya as the Libyan Health Ministry has approached the Indian mission in Tripoli in this regard.

Complete lifting of ban will be reviewed after considering the situation immediately after the conclusion of elections in Libya after July 15, Ravi said.

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