‘Zero tolerance on foreign employment fraud’

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Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha, has said that zero tolerance policy will be adopted to control fraud in the name of foreign employment.

While conducting a surprise inspection of the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) at Buddhanagar on Thursday, Minister Shrestha said that a mechanism would be set up to provide timely justice to the youth who were cheated and immediately rescue the workers stranded abroad.

Giving instructions to the department to provide prompt service to the youth who have lodged complaints of fraud, he said that legal constraints in providing timely justice would be resolved in a timely manner.

The Minister said that those who have gone for jobs abroad and stranded in foreign land would be rescued immediately, but there is a tendency of not performing the task under various pretexts and pleading with the government for rescue.

Minister Shrestha instructed the employees of the DoFE to immediately inform the ministry if there were any problem while working on behalf of the workers. Secretary of the ministry Ek Narayan Aryal also directed to make the remaining services technology-friendly in order to streamline the service flow. According to him, the ministry is ready to take the information like registration, renewal, limit of sending workers, deposit amount, bank guarantee, action and lifting ban of the licensed manpower company to the full-fledged online system.

Minister Shrestha pledged to reform the mechanism to re-evaluate the bail amount based on the capacity of the manpower to send workers abroad. He instructed the employees of the department to return the money to the workers by making quick use of the bank guarantee maintained by the manpower even though the money could not be returned to the complaint on the basis of the bail amount.

Minister Shrestha said that fraud has been on the rise in the name of consultancy in recent times, and informed that the practice would be controlled in coordination with the Ministry of Education and other concerned agencies.

He said that the culprits will be brought under the ambit of action to stop the malpractice after it was found that the institutions opened with the approval of the Ministry of Education for educational counseling services have been involved in foreign employment business and extorting tens of million rupees.

A complaint has been lodged at the department alleging that the operators of some educational consulting firms have absconded by extorting millions of rupees with a promise to send people in foreign employment.

Director General of the DoFE, Shesh Narayan Poudel said that the department has recently filed a case against International Expo and Travel Services, and Genius Education and Consultancy Services at the Foreign Employment Tribunal as the two companies raised Rs. 45 million from 144 people.

Poudel said that three cases have been filed at the tribunal out of the many organizations working in the name of educational counseling. In the last month alone, a claim of Rs. 49.3 million and a sum of Rs. 70 million including damages have been filed against an educational consultancy, a travel agency and an individual.

During the monitoring, the Minister directed to take immediate action against the complaint filed by Nishan Bagale, a resident of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality-3, Gorkha.

Hari Sharan Khadka, a resident of Budhanilkantha Municipality-6, Kathmandu had taken Rs. 1 million from Bagale for sending him on a hotel job in Australia with a salary of $1000 a month. The department has stated that it has initiated action against Khadka.

Source : TRN,