6 Chinese fined for illegal job interviews
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A day after six Chinese nationals were detained by the police in Sikar district of Rajasthan for conducting job interviews without requisite permission, a local court on Saturday imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of them and three others involved in the incident.
On Friday, the Sikar police had raided a placement centre where over 50 labourers were being interviewed for jobs in a housing project in Saudi Arabia.
A Mumbai-based recruiting agency, Al Sophi, was conducting the interviews for masons, Plaster of Paris workers, carpenters, and electricians among others for two foreign-based firms, Takania Al Itkan and Beijing Construction Engineering Group.
While permission for conducting the interviews was obtained for Takania Al Itkan, the latter did not have a permission from the Protector of Emmigrants, a mandatory prerequisite for all foreign firms to conduct recruitments in the country.
Besides the six Chinese nationals, two officials of the placement agency and a local manager were detained on Friday.
However late on Friday night they were released after furnishing bail bonds, said Gaurav Shrivastava, SP of Sikar.
"Those conducting the recruitment were detained on two grounds. First, the Beijing Construction Engineering Group did not have a permit from the Protector of Emmigrants and the Dubai-based firm though had a legal permit, it was for July 27 in Jaipur and July 28 in Sikar. They were holding the interviews a day in advance," Shrivastava told The Sunday Express.
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