I.A.S (Retd.)
Union Minister of State For Water Resources River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs Government Of India New Delhi.

OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS

Question No - 6453
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Answered Date : 05-05-2010
Subject : AUTHORISED RECRUITING AGENTS

 

Will the Minister of OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-


(a) the number of recruiting agents authorized to send workers to foreign countries including Australia, State-wise; 

(b) whether the Government has received any complaints against these agents for making money by duping persons belonging to scheduled castes/tribes, workers and other categories of the society; 

(c) if so, the number of complaints received in this regard during the last three years and the current year, year-wise; 

(d) whether any of the professional institutes, located in Ahmedabad, said to be an authorized agent, is also involved in such activities; 

(e) if so, the details thereof; and 

(f) the steps taken by the Government to check the activities of such fraudulent agencies in the country?
ANSWER

MINISTER OF THE STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS INDIAN AFFAIRS (SHRI VAYALAR RAVI) 

(a): Total number of registered recruiting agents is 2080. At present, state wise data is not maintained. 

(b): From time to time, complaints are received from the emigrant workers against the recruiting agents. However, the caste/tribe status of the complainants is not indicated. 

(c): Statement showing the complaints received during the last three years is at Annexure. 

(d) & (e): No such instances have come to the notice of this Ministry. 

(f): On receipt of the complaint(s) show-cause notice is issued to the registered recruiting agents gainst whom complaints are received and the Recruiting Agent is directed to settle/resolve the complaint in the first instance. If the Recruiting Agent fails to respond to the Show-Cause Notice or his reply is not satisfactory, his Registration Certificate is initially suspended for 30 days. If the complaint still remains unresolved, the Registration Certificate is suspended for a further period and action is initiated for cancellation of the Registration Certificate and forfeiture of Bank Guarantee.