Durgapur police on Monday (31 March) arrested the branch Manager of a private job agency from the posh City Centre locality of Durgapur on the charge of running a fake job racket. The private agency in question lured gullible youths in the name of providing lucrative jobs at the Andal Aerotropolis project near Durgapur.
Though the fate of proposed Aerotropolis project at Durgapur’s Andal still looms uncertain, some private agencies including the one against whom Durgapur police have initiated a probe yesterday have started selling fake aviation jobs in the name of absorption with the Andal Aerotropolis project. The matter came into the fore after a number of job aspirants complained of being cheated.
At the posh City Centre locality, within yards of administrative headquarters of Durgapur city, a Kolkata based company, Galaxy Enterprise floated office inviting job aspirants for two-day’s walk-in interview.
The agency, in its notice claimed, they would provide placements at job locations like the airports in Kolkata, Delhi and Andal. The job advertisements were given mostly through mails and online job advertisements.
The Higher Secondary pass candidates were assured of placement in “Aviation Industry” against enrolment with hefty ‘fees’ meant for a training programme before absorption. The agency claimed that after the training: “The candidates would be placed in lucrative customer service jobs offering wages at the rate of Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 per hour.”
As soon as the name of Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), the promoter of Andal Aerotropolis was dragged, BAPL authority issued a press statement denying any such recruitment process.
In a Press statement, BAPL stated: “Some people have received what appeared to be an invitations to what can be called a ‘Job Interview’ towards employment opportunities at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport from an entity named Galaxy Enterprise which has circulated this information using SMS and web based advertisement to different individuals. BAPL finds the information as completely fraudulent and terms this incident of conducting the recruitment process as ‘unauthorized’ and BAPL highly discourage such debase acts.”
BAPL authority even brought the matter to the notice of the Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate too, seeking prompt action.
Durgapur Police acted promptly and detained Sujit Kumar, the branch Manager of the agency for interrogation and initiated a probe into the matter.