India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed three lawsuits against the country’s Protector of Emigrants (PoE), in connection with the illegal hiring of nurses to work in Kuwait by recruitment agencies said to be based in Kochi, Mumbai, Changanassery and Adoor, according to reliable Indian sources. In the first lawsuit, CBI named A.L. as the first accused for illegal recruitment organized by an agency named M. International and M. Associates, both based in Mumbai.
The PoE was named as the first accused for procedural lapses for failing to stop illegal recruitments. The two agencies have been arraigned for not having proper rights to recruit nurses. According to Indian sources, M.I. worked on behalf of M.A. to recruit 400 nurses to Kuwait. Sources added, M.I. began recruitment procedures without the approval of the PoE’s office.
The sources disclosed the proprietors of M.I. and M.A. identified only as P.J.M. and M.N.P. respectively are the other two accused in the case. According to the plaintiff the PoE failed to report the offences to the Prosecutor-General of Emigrants (PGE). In the second case, A.L. was named as the first accused for permitting illegal recruitment by another Kochi-based agency identified only as J.K. I.
The CBI said the Protector of Emigrants failed to take action against J.K.I. although the Ernakulam south police had filed a complaint about excessive fee collected by the agency. The PoE also failed to report the issue to the PGE. The proprietors of the agency identified only as K. and the CEO indentified as R.E. and second and third accused in the case.
In the third case, CBI has arraigned the first accused for permitting unauthorized recruitment by Changanassery-based agency P.A. Tours and Travels. According to CBI, the PoE permitted recruitments by Pan Asia in the name of Aroor-based Trust International Overseas Manpower after the expiry of its licence. Salim, proprietor of P.A. Tours and Travels and S. proprietor of Trust International, are the second and third accused.
The CBI has filed three FIRs before the CBI court-III, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Earlier the government of India had stepped in to streamline the recruitment of nurses at the height of corruption back home when recruitment agencies in India received kickbacks between KD 2,000 and KD 3,000 as some kind of ‘commission’ and the money was reportedly shared between agents in India and their counterparts in Kuwait.
The Indian government said recruitment of Indian nurses will be done only through the government agencies such as the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC), Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA-Roots) — the agency that looks after the welfare of the Kerala diaspora — and the Tamil Nadu Overseas Manpower Corporation Ltd (TNOMCL).
In this regard the Indian envoy had disclosed, the Indian delegation which recently paid a visit to Kuwait to work out the modalities had held extensive discussions with Assistant Undersecretary Jamal Al-Harbi of Kuwait’s Ministry of Health to finalize and streamline the recruitment of these nurses — a majority of who hail from the South Indian State of Kerala.