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CB cracks whip on fraudulent foreign recruitment agencies in Odisha

 In a bid to avoid harassment of professionals seeking jobs abroad, the State Crime Branch has issued a circular mentioning that anyone who recruits any emigrants without valid certificate issued by the Proctor General of Emigrants of Central government, will be liable for imprisonment for a term of two years along with fine.

Thousands of poor people from the State move to several foreign countries for jobs and lot of them have to face harassment due to illegal emigration. The State Crime Branch has issued a circular in this regard asking the senior police officers to take appropriate action against the fraudulent recruitment agencies and persons who are engaged in such illegal action.

Special DGP Crime Branch, BK Sharma has issued the circular after the State government decided to take stringent action against illegal recruitment agencies or individuals, who send emigrants to Middle East and South East Asian countries for employment without any valid authorization from the Proctor General of Emigrants.

Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Asit Tripathy chaired a high-powered meeting and it was decided that the Crime Branch will issue necessary circular to curb illegal recruitment by unauthorized persons and institutions. Principal Secretary, Labor & ESI, G Srinivas is moving ahead with a proposal for setting up a separate organization to handle the issues of emigrants, said sources.

In recent years, recruitment of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers from Odisha to foreign countries is on rise. Often unauthorized persons and organizations send emigrants illegally as a result of which poor people are facing troubles in foreign countries.

The State Crime Branch has asked senior police officers and officers in-charge of police stations to make themselves sensitized about the Emigration Act, 1983.  The Crime Branch has made it clear that under Section 16 of the Emigration Act, 1983 an employer is mandated to recruit any citizen of India for employment in any country or place outside India only through a recruiting agent with valid permit issued under the Act.

Any employer violating the aforesaid provisions of Act is liable under Section 24 of the Act, which provides imprisonment for two years and with fine up to Rs 2,000. The Section 24(5) provides that in respect of second conviction, the punishment shall be double the penalty provided for the offence under the Act.

Section 25 of the Act provides for similar punishment in respect of an offence committed by a company, which means any corporate Body and includes a Firm or other association of individuals.


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