Errant recruiting agents to be jailed: Vayalar Ravi

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Dubai, Oct 23 (UNI) Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi today said the government will soon bring legislation prescribing jail terms for recruitment agents who cheat people seeking jobs abroad.

He said the government had received 56 complaints so far this year about errant recruitment companies and had cancelled the licence of 13 and suspended the licence of 27 firms after investigations. As many as 137 complaints were received last year resulting in cancellation of 28 licences and suspension of 65 licences.

He told reporters that in the event of cancellation, even the relatives of the guilty recruitment agents will not be given licences. The rules are being amended to slap jail terms for violators of recruitment rules, he said.

He said there were a number of illegals stranded in the UAE for want of tickets to travel home. As many of them were from Andhra Pradesh, he would hold talks with the state government to send them home in a short time.

He said he had asked the Comtroller and Auditor General (CAG) to look into the funds deposited with the Protector of Emigrants by the unskilled workers travelling abroad. He said CAG was able to locate upto 40 crore and his department was trying to work out modalities to find out if the fund can be used to help the emigrants in distress abroad. The Indian Ambassador to UAE Talmiz Ahmed also attended the press conference held at the Indian Consulate here.

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