Web posted at: 2/28/2006 0:49:48
Source ::: The Peninsula/ by John Mary
Kochi: The role of fly-by-night recruiting agents and the failure of the federal enforcement machinery have been blamed for travails of Indian expatriates in the Gulf Cooperation Council nations.
Speaking at the fourth Indo-Arab Conference here yesterday, Oman’s Ambassador to India Mohammed bin Yousef bin Dawood Shalwani said the federal government had failed to check agents who lured the gullible workforce with false promises. This had resulted in large swathes of expatriates, languishing on foreign soil without any labour benefits.
The envoy was responding to issues raised at a presentation by S Mohammed Najeeb, general manager of Norka-Roots. Shalwani said expat complaints would come down if the Indian government controlled the fake recruiting agents.
UAE envoy Abdullah Alshehhi said that Kerala was not being adequately showcased in New Delhi. Participation in periodic trade shows and expos would help Kerala present its investment options. Kuwait Ambassador Larbi Mouhariq suggested holding of sector-specific road shows in Arab countries.
Sudan Ambassador Abdal Mahmood Abdal Haleem Moh’d wanted Kerala Government to strengthen the contingent of its resident representatives in New Delhi for more frequent interaction with heads of missions.