Launching a new Smart Card for all five million Indian nationals working in the Gulf region, prime minister Manmohan Singh said that this initiative marks a comprehensive e-governance project on migration. Under this project, every worker will be issued a Smart Card that will contain all details of the worker, his work contract, his employer, his insurance etc.
This smart card is one of many initiatives the Indian government has announced in the past year to protect its migrant workforce, especially domestic maids and construction workers. More than 1.2 million Indians are estimated to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), most in the construction industry. The cards will be required only by those workers who leave India to work abroad for the first time, not those who are already working in the UAE.