13 illegal recruitment agencies identified in Karnataka

They have not registered with MEA

As many as 13 recruitment agencies functioning illegally in the State have been identified by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). These agencies, some of which are working close to the State borders, have been found not to be registered with the Ministry.

These recruitment agencies, officials in the NRI Forum said, are operating in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, and Bengaluru, and sending workers mainly to West Asian countries and Malaysia.

The list was handed over to the forum during a meeting for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, organised by the MEA in the second week of January, seeking action against them. Now, the forum has informed the Karnataka Chief Minister and the Home Minister about this.

“Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj gave me the list of 13 agencies and sought action against them. I promised the Minister that I will be speaking to the Chief Minister in this regard,” NRI Forum deputy chairperson Aarthi Krishna told reporters here on Tuesday.

Ms. Krishna said she raised the issue of the State government appointing agencies to prevent inconvenience to gullible workers, and Ms. Swaraj promised to look into the issue seriously.

According to forum officials, the agencies, many of which are registered elsewhere are operating branches here. They are not registered on e-migrate website, and are sending workers on tourist visas, which is illegal, officials said, and added that in many cases, workers do not land up in the promised job.

“Passports of workers are also kept by the employers, which leads to harassment. We have had workers stuck in a foreign country owing to non-deligence by the agency, and the forum as well as the MEA have rescued them,” a source said, and added that an Inspector-General of Police has been appointed as nodal officer to take action against such agencies.

Among other issues that were raised in the meeting, she said was seeking a ‘Videshi Bhavan’ in Karnataka that would act as a single-window facility for those going abroad.

Besides, she said the State had also sought establishment of the office of Protector of Emigrants, which is currently in Chennai. “Workers now have to travel to Chennai to seek emigration clearance before they go abroad. If the same is established at the passport office in Bengaluru it would help Kannadigas,” she said.

NRK card in February

The NRI Forum is launching a Non-resident Kannadiga (NRK) card in February.

Forum deputy chairperson Aarthi Krishna said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would be launching the card, which comes as an ID card. The card could be linked to bank/insurance companies. Incidentally, though there is no database of NRKs currently, it is estimated that there are about 12 lakh of them, including about 6 lakh in the West Asian countries.

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