Aspirant migrant workers duped, Rs 760 million extorted by agents

According to Department of Foreign Employment as many 925 complaints have been filed at the office, demanding actions against the fraudsters.

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Kathmandu: The foreign employment aspirants were duped into paying millions of rupees to various agents and intermediaries, it has been found.  The intermediaries and foreign employment agents duped almost Rs 760 million by luring people with the foreign jobs in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, according to the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE). The DoFE said that 925 applications have been lodged till second week of May claiming a total of Rs 757.7 million in cash. The amount was collected from the aspirant migrant workers by the unregistered agents and intermediaries who are not authorized to facilitate the foreign jobs of the migrant workers.

Information Officer of DoFE Gurudutta Subedi said that the fraud cases have increased in the recent years from the agents and intermediaries despite the government rules that only the legally registered recruiting agencies are eligible to work in the process of foreign jobs. Subedi shared that more cases of fraud have been registered in the current fiscal year compared to the last year. According to him, DoFE has lodged 77 cases in the court from the 925 cases and 176 illegal agents have been nabbed from the police. Likewise, 135 persons have settled the cases at the presence of DoFE officials and the agents have returned Rs 94.3 million in cash to the aspirant migrant workers.

In the last fiscal year, almost 700 cases of fraud were registered claiming Rs 500.4 million in cash.