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Fraud in outsourcing sector increases

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: The number of fraud cases in the foreign employment sector witnessed a growth in the

first three months of the current fiscal year due to the active

involvement of outsourcing agencies.

According to the Department of Foreign Employment, the number of fraud cases jumped to 104 in Asoj (mid-September to mid-October) from 77 cases in Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August).

Outsourcing agencies were involved in 269 fraud cases worth about Rs 8.01 million as recorded at the department. However, only three cases associated with outsourcing agencies reached the Foreign Employment Tribunal — a semi judicial body formed three years back to settle disputes in the sector. Claims that reached the tribunal were worth Rs 2.49 million. However, the number of fraud cases committed by agents or individuals reduced in the last three months. Individual fraud cases decreased from 148 to 132 between Shrawan and Asoj. Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) witnessed 135 cases of fraud by agents or individuals.

Fraud committed by individuals decreased as the department tightened individual migration, said an officer at the department. The department has adopted a strategy that discourages individual migration, except of skilled workers since last November.

“Now individual migration comprises of just six per cent of total migration,” he said, adding that last year, individual migration was half of the total migration.

The department has been discouraging individual migration to promote safe migration. The committee, led by Dr Ganesh Gurung, had also suggested discouraging individual migration of unskilled and semi-skilled workers because they were found to be more prone to exploitation and abuse in major job markets — Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Malaysia.

Claims of individual cases is worth about Rs 34.41 million, and 43 individual fraud cases reached the tribunal which was worth Rs 31.14 million. A total of 415 individual fraud cases were registered at the department in the first three months of the current fiscal year.

The department solved more than 90 per cent cases on mutual understanding between the cheaters and victims.

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