ISLAMABAD - Despite numerous opportunities to enhance foreign reserves by sending labour to developed countries, the government could not succeed in adopting alternative means to reduce dependency over foreign aid or loans being taken on strict conditions. Reliable sources in the Ministry of Labour and Manpower informed that several economic prosperous countries including Middle East countries, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and Australia had sent offers for the skilled labour to the ministry but due to negligence on part of authorities concerned, these offers were not being availed accordingly. The sources disclosed that the ministry could not introduce a comprehensive plan to achieve the set targets. The ministry officials even could not chalk out their schedule of foreign visits to convince the concerned departments of the foreign countries. Moreover, no proper work had so far been done for the foreign delegations visit to Pakistan in this connection. It is worth mentioning here that due to the recent wave of terrorism there is already significant drop in the number of foreign delegations trip to Islamabad. The sources further informed that due to various political assignments, Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Shah was not giving appropriate time to his ministry, so opportunities could not be availed, while companies operating in the private sector were actively availing all such offers. Managing Director Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) Jahangir Cheema, when contacted, told this scribe that there were many hurdles in achieving the desired goals. He said this year OEC had sent more than 1000 labourers abroad as compared to 800 during previous year. He said that OEC had performed comparatively batter than over 1200 private companies operating to send manpower to foreign countries. He said the Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower had directed them to visit different countries to negotiate about hiring manpower from Pakistan. He claimed that there were many offers for skilled labours and they were sending professional doctors, engineers and labours to different countries. Jahangir Cheema said that due to lengthy official procedure frequent visits to the foreign countries were not possible. To achieve the desired targets besides procedure, frequent time and financial resources were required, he added. Projects like Employees Old Age Benefit Institute (EOBI) and Workers Welfare Fund of the attached department of the ministry were also in lingering position. EOBI was assigned to conduct a survey for registration of small factories in every district so that maximum number of workers could be benefited. However, due to non-availability of the minister such projects were yet to be executed, the sources said. Due to his active involvement in Gilgit-Biltistan election campaign, the Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Shah could not be approached for his comments.