External Affairs Ministry issues alert on job frauds in Hyderabad

MEA has repeatedly been asking youngsters not to fall prey to unregistered and fictitious overseas recruitment agencies

By Author   |   Published: 14th Mar 2018   12:38 am Updated: 14th Mar 2018   1:38 am
Ministry of External Affairs
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Hyderabad: Concerned over the increasing number of job frauds that are leaving several unemployed youngsters in the lurch, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has sounded an alert advising the youth to be cautious while approaching overseas recruitment agencies.

The MEA has repeatedly been asking youngsters not to fall prey to unregistered and fictitious recruitment agencies, but the latter apparently are still landing themselves in trouble after paying money to agencies seeking jobs abroad.

Last month, the city unit of Protector of Immigrants from the MEA wrote a letter to the Hyderabad City Police Commissioner requesting him to take necessary action against an illegal overseas manpower recruitment agency, M/s Travel Point HR Solutions, in Basheerbagh.

In the letter, Protector of Immigrants (Hyderabad) K. Madhusudhan Rao stated that only registered recruiting agents under the MEA were authorised to recruit manpower for overseas employment and M/s Travel Point HR Solutions was not a registered agency.

He requested the police to investigate the case under Sections 10 and 24 of the Emigration Act 1983 and other relevant laws and furnish a report at the earliest.

A senior official said youngsters can log on to the website: https://emigrate.gov.in/ext and enquire about the recruitment agencies that were registered with the MEA. “If anyone approaches a registered agency, chances of getting duped are remote and in case of any problem after going abroad, the agency along with the MEA will sort out the issue without any delay,” the official explained.

Another advantage with the registered agencies was that the owner of the agency must give a bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh with the MEA for registration and therefore chances of agencies indulging in fraud are less as the MEA would keep a tab on it. There are as many as 1,200 agencies that were registered with the MEA, the official added. The website also contains details of the non-active recruitment agencies.