Forum writes to Home dept on firms cheating job-seekers abroad

Forum writes to Home dept on firms cheating job-seekers abroad

The Karnataka NRI Forum has written to the state Home department seeking action against 13 illegal agents/agencies that have been found to be hoodwinking people seeking jobs in foreign land, especially the Gulf nations.

Arathi Krishna, deputy chairperson of the Forum, on Tuesday told reporters that earlier this month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had sought Karnataka's explanation for not initiating action against such companies, despite reminders from the Ministry.

Following this, she had written to the Home department, she said.

As many as 13 people have complained to the Ministry about these agencies operating in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru. She said that Karnataka had urged the MEA to set up the Protector of Immigrants and the Videshi Bhavan offices in Karnataka.

"The Ministry has said that if the state government is willing to provide 2.5 acres of land, these offices can be set up in the state. The state government is mulling over setting up these offices on the premises of the Regional Passport Office in Bengaluru," she said.

She said that the Forum was urged by a Mauritian delegation led by Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, to explore investment opportunities in sectors like tourism, education, small scale industries and garments in the island nation.

The minister told reporters that Mauritius was keen to hold bilateral talks with Karnataka, given the boom in IT and education sector in the state.

Roubina said that her country was looking towards signing several MoUs with Karnataka.

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