Friday, January 2, 2009

FEB to track down illegal operations: Ranawaka

By Hemanthi Guruge
The Foreign Employment Bureau has decided to categorize all foreign employment agencies in the country this year in a move to track down illegal operations, Chairman of the Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) Kingsley Ranawaka said.
Addressing a press conference yesterday at the Foreign Employment Training Centre Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka said that the grading scheme will cover all categories including recruitment, dispute settlement, recruitments to new destinations, payment of cess and complaints.He added the agencies will be placed under five categories on a marking scheme. He said that if an agency is receiving a large number of complaints they will be excluded from the scheme.
“Stern action will be taken against fraudulent work of Foreign Employment agencies,” he said. He noted that some agencies had taken commissions and the air ticket fares from both clients and employers. The Foreign Employment Bureau expects to launch a new certificate programme for the licensed agencies shortly he said.

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