Updated December 24th, 2023 at 22:28 IST
Taiwan denies plans to bring 1 Lakh Indian migrant workers
Taiwanese Labour Minister Hsu Ming-chun stated that the government did not have any plans to bring as many as 100,000 migrant workers from India to Taiwan.
Taiwanese Labour Minister Hsu Ming-chun stated that the government did not have any plans to bring as many as 100,000 migrant workers from India to Taiwan, on Saturday, as reported by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA). His remarks seemed to be in direct response to the statement made by Kuomintang (KMT) presidential nominee Hou Yu-ih.
No plans to bring migrants from India: Taiwan gov
In a press release, Hsu Ming-chun announced that Taiwan had not signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India for the recruitment of migrant workers. He emphasized that the matter was continuously under evaluation in terms of employment cooperation.
Hsu strongly refuted any assertions regarding Taiwan's intention to admit 100,000 Indian workers, dismissing such claims as "fake." He added that these allegations were propagated by "ill-intentioned people" aiming to manipulate public opinion for electoral advantages.
Hsu Ming-chun's statement followed KMT nominee Hou's reference to a media report suggesting the signing of an MOU for Indian migrant workers, as reported by CNA. Hou Yu-ih's statement during a televised policy presentation forum on Wednesday likely alluded to a November 10 media report about a prospective MOU between Taiwan and India, discussing plans for an "employment mobility agreement."
According to a US media report, citing "senior officials familiar with the matter," an agreement to bring "as many as 100,000" Indian migrant workers to Taiwan could be signed as early as December of that year, as per Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA). Hou's campaign office stated on Saturday that Hsu had indicated in November that an MOU between Taiwan and India for migrant workers would be signed by the year's end, according to a CNA report.
With only nine days remaining before the end of 2023, Hou's office urged Hsu to clarify the signing date and the number of Indian workers to be admitted to Taiwan under the pact. In remarks to local media on November 13, Hsu Ming-chun had mentioned that Taiwan and India were "expected to sign an MOU by the end of the year" after the Cabinet approved the plan. However, Hsu later stated in December that no specific date had been set for the MoU signing.
(with ANI Inputs)
Published December 24th, 2023 at 22:28 IST