Nursing recruitment back in the clutches of private mafia

Anu Abraham

The picture today shows that the recruitment process has been infiltrated even with the exams being conducted by NORKA, the Kerala Government agency

Kozhikode: Nursing recruitment has landed in the net of exploitative agencies yet again. With the orders of the Centre in place restricting the recruitment process of nursing professionals aspiring for foreign shores to government agencies, the private parties seem to have devised a novel means to circumvent the law and carry on their surreptitious activities.

The picture today shows that the recruitment process has been infiltrated even with the exams being conducted by NORKA, the Kerala Government agency. It has been found that despite the rank list being prepared by NORKA, the actual recruitment has happened from the list provided by the private agencies.

Recruitment had taken place to a private hospital in Saudi Arabia on January 28,29 and 30. It has been found now that most of the candidates who made it to the list were registered with a private agency based in Pathanamthitta.

Further it was also found that of the 100 who cleared the exam, 81 were registered with this agency. The agencies are also charging hefty commissions from the candidates. The agency charges Rs 3,00,000 while the Centre has laid down the maximum chargeable amount at Rs 20,000.

Allegations are also ripe that NORKA isn't completely unaware of the meddling with the recruitment. The Centre had passed an order saying recruitment to foreign countries must happen through the government agencies, namely, NORKA and ODEPC in Kerala and Manpower Corporation in Tamil Nadu. The agencies seem to have merely tapped in to the anxiety generated by this order.

The employers in the foreign countries who register with the NORKA, entrust the further proceedings around the recruitment process to private agencies. These private agencies in connivance with the agencies in the state set a bait for candidates by advertising domestic opportunities. The candidates are then informed that the recruitment is for foreign countries and then ask them to register with NORKA and hand over the secret registration number that is generated. This number is passed on to the interview board which will have members from the foreign employer and their private recruitment agency. After selecting a few qualified candidates as a smokescreen the candidates who have registered with the local agency involved are selected in what looks like a fair process.

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