KATHMANDU, May 7: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has filed cases against a number of individuals and consultancies which have been found embezzling large amounts of money from foreign job aspirants.
According to a DoFE official, the department last week filed cases against the operators of education consultancies and travel offices at the Foreign Employment Tribunal, seeking to recover Rs 71.68 million from the accused. The DoFE has sought a jail term of maximum of seven years against the accused.
Sadikshya Gurung and Khinshova Gurung of Machhapuchchhre Rural Municipality-1 of Kaski district were among the accused for illegally taking money from outbound migrant workers. Similarly, the department filed cases against eight individuals including Radha Subedi, proprietor of International Expo and Travel Services and Sujan Bhattarai, proprietor of Genius Education and Consultancy Service Pvt Ltd on a similar charge.
The accused were found to have collected large amounts of money luring the job seekers with jobs in countries like Canada, Spain, Portugal, France and Malta, among others. The law has prohibited an organization other than the licensed companies to work in the country’s foreign employment sector.
Anyone proven guilty under the job placement services in foreign companies is subjected to pay cash fines of up to Rs 500,000 and will be jailed for three to seven years, according to the Foreign Employment Act 2007.