Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fake Agencies

 The Government has been receiving from time to time complaints/grievances from emigrants and their family members/relatives of being cheated by illegal agents. Such complaints are forwarded to concerned State Governments and Police authorities urging them to apprehend illegal agents and prosecute them on the basis of complaints. Wherever required such complaints are also referred to Missions/Posts abroad for providing relief/rescue.

As per the available records, the number of complaints against unregistered agents received and referred to the State Governments during the period of 2012 - 2016 is as under:


Year
No. of Complaints
Cases referred to State Governments  for action
Prosecution Sanction sought
Prosecution Sanction issued
2012
254
240
16
16
2013
272
261
05
05
2014
170
153
08
08
2015
195
101
11
11
2016
231
231
42
42

Government has also issued a Standard Operating Procedure on 26th May, 2016, to be followed by States on receipt of complaints. The State Governments have also been requested to launch periodic visual and print media campaign creating awareness among people to use the services of Registered Recruiting Agencies, and not to go through Illegal agencies. 


            Government does not maintain data relating to Indian workers stranded overseas. However, as and when requests from Indian emigrants in distress, are received, the same are forwarded to the concerned Missions/Posts for providing relief and repatriation on an on-going basis. As per information available from Indian Missions & Posts abroad, 16,980 Indian nationals stranded in strife torn countries – Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria & Yemen sought government’s support for various reasons and 16,570 were brought back to India, during the last three years as under:

Year
2014
2015
2016
TOTAL
No.of Indians who sought govt. support to return to India

10433

5863

684

16,980
No. of Indians who were brought back to India

10433

5625

512

16,570

As a whole, besides the operation Maitri during the Nepal earthquake, the Government has rescued/brought back more than 80,000 Indian nationals during the last three year period from 2014-16.

This information was given by Shri Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd), the Minister of State for External Affairs, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, today (July 26, 2017).


Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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