UAE-In­dia move a win for cred­i­ble re­cruit­ment

New sys­tem will en­sure trans­parency of in­tent, clar­ity of of­fer and guar­an­tee of cred­i­bil­ity of re­cruiters

Gulf News - - Opinion -

Anew mile­stone in bi­lat­eral un­der­stand­ing has been reached, with the UAE and In­dia sign­ing a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on the re­cruit­ment of In­di­ans for jobs in the UAE. The set­ting up of an ex­clu­sive on­line por­tal by the UAE for this pur­pose, which will be linked to In­dia’s e-Mi­grate sys­tem, an on­line sys­tem con­trol­ling re­cruit­ment of em­ploy­ees who need prior per­mis­sion from the gov­ern­ment for their emi­gra­tion, is a pow­er­ful pre-emp­tive strat­egy. This will al­low the re­cruit­ment process from In­dia to the UAE to be her­met­i­cally sealed, en­sur­ing that no shad­owy deals that ex­ploit work­ers will be struck.

The new ar­range­ment be­tween the UAE and In­dia is de­fined by many clear-cut advantages: it will en­sure trans­parency of in­tent, clar­ity of of­fer and guar­an­tee of cred­i­bil­ity of re­cruiters. This are crit­i­cal pred­i­ca­tors of a new, fair and thor­oughly above board process of hir­ing work­ers. These pred­i­ca­tors will in fact re­dress the decades-long prob­lem of dis­crep­an­cies, con­tra­dic­tions and false­hoods that were the bane of work­ers be­ing hired through dodgy agents and their ex­ploita­tive tac­tics. Com­pound­ing this prob­lem has been the lack of ac­count­abil­ity for these shad­owy hir­ing agen­cies in In­dia, which of­ten worked on the mar­gins of the law only to leave be­hind no traces when the de­ceit was un­cov­ered.

An­other dis­turb­ing as­pect of the hir­ing of In­di­ans for jobs in the UAE has been the mat­ter of con­tract sub­sti­tu­tion, a prac­tice wherein a dif­fer­ent, and a clearly down­graded, job con­tract as com­pared to the one which was orig­i­nally shown to the re­cruited in­di­vid­u­als awaited them when they ar­rived in the UAE. Given that the sub­sti­tute con­tract is a bona fide doc­u­ment, it put the worker in an un­ten­able po­si­tion with no room for re­dres­sal for his predica­ment. This in ef­fect has vic­timised many in­di­vid­u­als who have ended up in jobs that are un­der­paid, un­der­val­ued and many a time, at odds with their skill set.

This chi­canery has for long cast a deep shadow over the mat­ter of hu­man re­source ex­ports from In­dia which the new sys­tem will suc­cess­fully com­bat and van­quish. A bona fide job of­fer and job con­tract, that has passed all tests of strin­gency and le­gal­i­ties, will guide work­ers to make their choices in the cor­rect man­ner, lay­ing a strong and pro­duc­tive foun­da­tion for their fu­ture, as well as for the so­ci­ety that they will be a part of. This is a cru­cial fac­tor in op­ti­mis­ing their con­tri­bu­tions.

The in­te­gra­tion of re­cruit­ment sys­tems of the UAE and In­dia is set to usher in a new era of hu­man re­source ad­van­ta­geous­ness and fair play. Given the deep and last­ing bonds of amity and friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, this trans­parency is an ad­di­tional ac­cel­er­a­tor in their on­ward jour­ney to­wards greater mu­tual har­mony and progress.

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