Nip the job nexus
Fake job consultancy companies seem to be mushrooming which means, more and more youth are vulnerable to getting duped while seeking to make careers. A proper policy is needed to nip the nexus in its bud.
THE extreme commercialisation of education has been weighing heavy on students for quite some time now. Students pay hefty amounts to highly decorated educational institutions in the hope to earn handsomely in the future. Parents have been selling their properties and valuables to provide for children’s education. But the sad part is that even after good education, youngsters suffer a lot when it comes to finding good jobs. Apparently, every year, thousands of people from the Kashmir Valley move to the Middle East through third party consultancies which offer them jobs but which later turn out to be damp squibs. In a heartfelt video message on social media, Zahid Ahmad Shah, a young man from Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, recently shared his ordeal. Talking to KC, Zahid, right now in Saudi Arabia, narrates how he has been duped on the pretext of a job by consultants in Kashmir. Says he: “I’m in Saudi Arabia from the last five months to secure a job for my livelihood and my family back home. Ishfaq Ahmad who runs Al-Mehrab Consultancy, offered me a job here. I paid Rs 1.5 lakh to him for the same. On reaching Saudi Arabia, I was kept confined in my accommodation with no job or salary. During the month of Ramzan, I was provided a job paying a meagre amount but was later laid off despite the contract being for two years. Now, I have been asked to vacate my accommodation and my travel documents have been withheld”, says he. Speaking how the nexus runs deep, he remarks that Kashmir-based consultancies work in collaboration with their counterparts in Mumbai and both are looting the gullible youth by offering them fake jobs.
He says, “The Al-Mehrab Consultancy collaborates with Mumbai-based Maula International
Consultancy. They carry out fancy interviews in Srinagar and select only those candidates who pay huge amounts of money. Since they portray legitimacy, the poor youth get badly trapped and once here, run from pillar to post but to no avail”. Zahid has requested the J&K administration to facilitate his return to the Valley as he’s running short of money, food and shelter now.