The Government is working on to resolve several legal issues which have cropped up in the process of sending back 59 female migrant workers who are currently in ‘Suraksha’ Safe Houses in Oman, Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said.
He said the women would be brought back to Sri Lanka soon after sorting out the prevailing problems.
The Minister, who is on a four-day visit to Oman discussed diplomatic measures that could be taken to prevent human smuggling and find a bigger job market for skilled workers. He visited the Suraksha Houses and listened to the grievances of women who were there.
Noting that various false information is being spread through the media about these women and as a result they have been thoroughly inconvenienced, Minister Nanayakkara requested the media to be more responsible when reporting details.
“The Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman is operating with minimal facilities. It lacks staff and translators. These problems have delayed resolving the legal matters of the female migrant workers who are waiting to return to Sri Lanka. These women are undergoing many difficulties. Some of them have gone abroad through improper channels, some have gone under tourist visa, some have committed various wrong doings, and some are still to receive their arrears. The President has given approval to bring these women back to Sri Lanka as soon as possible after sorting out the prevailing problems,” he added.