Kuwait: 200 Indian workers allege salary delays and deception by recruiter; includes company statement
In May 2019 a video emerged of 35 Indian men claiming to be stranded in Kuwait; a total of 200 Indian migrants were affected. The men alleged that they had been recruited through an agency, Manikya Associates, for jobs with a company called Carriage but on arrival in Kuwait the men were given jobs in a different company, Enseem, which is blacklisted in Kuwait. The men also allege that they had not been paid salaries for six months and were struggling to buy food and water.
The owner of Manikya Associates, Prasad Shetty, issued a statement denying the allegations. He stated that his firm had instead acted as a facilitator for another recruiter sourcing labour for an entirely separate company. Manikya Associates has, however, offered the stranded men alternative employment.
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Author: Alfie Dsouza, Mangalorean (India)
[Prasad Shetty, owner of Manikya Associates, said] “My firm has nothing to do with the stranded youths... my firm only acted as a facilitator for Hawk Consultancy Private Limited, Mumbai, to recruit these 58 youths as Bike Riders for Aspect Petroleum Services Company, Kuwait... I have come forward to lend my helping hand in getting them out of this crisis...we have offered a few of these youths jobs presently, but they are reluctant to accept our offer. The youths were recruited as per the requirement of Mumbai-based Hawk Consultancy for the said company in Kuwait, and the necessary agreements were duly signed by the youths before they landed in Kuwait."
Author: The News Minute (India)
Around 200 men had been cheated by an employment agency by promising them lucrative jobs in Kuwait...
“Prasad Shetty of Manikya Associates (employment agency) took Rs 65,000 from each of us and sent us to Kuwait to work for a company named Carriage. When we reached Kuwait, we were given jobs in a different company. We have been here for six months and have not received our salaries,” the youth alleged in the video.
"...after landing in Kuwait, we realised that Carriage had contracted the recruitment for another company named Enseem, which is blacklisted in Kuwait,” [the men] alleged.