Expatriates facing untold misery in Gulf, law to deal with

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Panaji, Nov 19 (UNI) Goa government has proposed to enact a legislation to deal sternly with the unregistered foreign recruiting agents and middlemen, involved in illegal emigration rackets causing immense misery to the gullible people.

Disclosing this to media here today, the state NRI affairs commissioner Eduardo Faleiro said the Centre was also in the process of amending the Emigration Act suitably to deal with the illegal operators through stringent regulation and deterrent punishment.

During his visit in a delegation to Kuwait and Qutar last week, he had come across innumerable problems faced by the unskilled and semi-skilled expatriates caused by recruiting agents.

These agents, he said, had been charging exorbitant amounts for the services, much above the norms fixed by the Government of India, and the offer terms were highly unrealistic. They also send people on visit visas which are not legal for employment purposes in the Gulf.

Last April, he said, he had brought to the notice of the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, 17 such spurious recruiting agencies operating in Goa which are now under investigation.

Some male domestic workers were taken by their employers to Saudi Arabia and abandoned in the desert without proper papers, food and water, leave alone medical attention, he said.

''It appears that the law of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) allows the citizen of a member country to take his employee to another member country to work in his estate. The GCC law does not require the employer to bring the employee back. This lacuna in the law causes a lot of human suffering,'' he added.

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