Nursing graduates file plaint against 'recruiting agency,' allege swindling of `

As many as 56 nursing graduates have filed a complaint with Barke police on Thursday that DHRC Tours and Travels, a self claiming recruiting agency located at Inland Avenue building, Ballalbagh, MG Road, Mangalore, has collected Rs 1.12 crore from them promising nursing jobs in Singapore but had disappeared with the money.

The complaint was filed against DHRC Manager Pradeep Kumar, Praveen and Muhammadali, who were in-charge of recruitment.

It may be recalled that Deccan Herald had published a story about DHRC on October 13, 2013, titled, ‘Dubious firm cheats job seekers.’ The focus of the story was DHRC’s illegal nursing recruitment drive to Singapore and West Asian countries without a license from the Protector of Emigrants (POE) which comes under Union Ministry of External Affairs that grants license.

DHRC have been conducting recruitment showing the license of another agency, Waves India, located at Thiruvalla in Kerala. But when DH contacted Waves India, the persons concerned clarified that they have no link with DHRC. After the story appeared in DH, the firm stalled recruitment process with a written confession that they haven’t had a license at that time. But later on, DHRC resumed recruitment drive claiming they had newly obtained the license. 

` 2 lakh from each

In the complaint, the nursing graduates allege that they had given Rs two lakh each to the firm in two instalments.

 The majority of the victims are from Kerala, and many of them are currently working as BSc as well as GNM nurses in Kerala, Karnataka and other states. All 56 have given Rs one lakh each at the beginning.

Two weeks back, the job Visa was sent to them via e-mail and when they again visited the firm with certificates and other documents, second instalment was handed over to the firm.

The candidates were told that they were to attend a test on May 28 in Singapore before taking up the job. Sensing something fishy about the firm, some of the candidates reached the office on May 21. But the trio—Pradeep, Praveen, Muhammadali-- were not there and the office staff, who are locals said that their mobile phones were switched off.

The candidates allege that, this time, the Waves India also colluded with DHRC in cheating them.

It has been suspected that the real amount which the firm swindled off would be much larger.

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