The Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra is an initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Following the arrest of two persons over duping 17 Indians, who were deported for coming into the UAE with fake employment visas in 2017, the Indian mission in Dubai has warned jobseekers to check their visa status with Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra (PBSK) when in doubt.
Jobseekers can also verify the status of their visas on the Amer website (https://amer.gdrfad.gov.ae/visa-inquiry) or the labour department of the Consulate-General of India in Dubai ahead of their travels, said Consul-General Vipul.
The Delhi Police had arrested two persons for allegedly running a syndicate of supplying fake visas. The accused have been identified as Javed Ali, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district, and Manoj Kumar Sharma from Delhi, said a PTI report.
The Indian embassy in the UAE had earlier also urged its citizens in the UAE to approach the mission if their salaries are not paid.
"All Indian nationals are hereby informed to report to the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi? Consulate General of India, Dubai of any instances of delay in payment of salary by the employer in the UAE," the embassy said in a tweet on Wednesday (May 8).
"It is important that cases of non-payment of salaries be brought to embassy's attention promptly by the affected workers. We have seen a number of cases where the complaint was made after six or seven months. This makes it very hard for us as well as UAE authorities to secure the unpaid wages," Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian ambassador told Khaleej Times.
The envoy said the embassy provides whatever assistance is possible including free tickets to send the workers home.
"But they are understandably reluctant to go back empty handed and want to stay on until they can get the wages that are owed to them. Meanwhile, if the company has already closed down, there is nobody that can settle their dues and the crisis can drag on for weeks."
"We are working with UAE authorities to see if some suitable mechanism can be put in place to address such situations, because the workers are not the ones who should have to forego their hard-earned wages," said the ambassador.
All Indians travelling to the UAE for employment have to register online at the government's e-Migrate portal, or else will be offloaded.
The new rule has been implemented from January 1, 2019, according to a notice issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in India.
It was also in January 2019, that India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had proposed to introduce an e-migration bill 2019 which will make registration mandatory among Indian citizens going abroad for work and higher education, as per a notice on the MEA website www.mea.gov.in.
The 51-page draft presented on the MEA website says the "Bill aims to ensure the welfare and protection of emigrants and proposes mandatory registration of all categories of Indian nationals proceeding for overseas employment as well as students pursuing higher studies abroad".
The ministry has also invited comments and suggestions on various aspects of the draft bill and it said that the e-Migration Bill 2019 will replace the existing Emigration Act, 1983.
Unscrupulous recruitment agents are herding unsuspecting Indian workers into the UAE on visit visas, promising non-existent jobs - only to later abandon them without food, shelter and salary, Khaleej Times had learnt in December 2018.
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