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Helpdesk at Dubai comes to aid of UAE aspirants

For the family of 86-year-old Atma Singh, a resident of Kotkapura in Faridkot district of Punjab, every dawn brings a new struggle. Struggle to survive, to find work as a daily wager and get paid enough to feed eight hungry mouths at home.

Life of Atma Singh – a farmer owing 7 acres of fertile land – was moving at a smooth pace until his two sons, Sham Singh and Gurdeep Singh got the lured by the charm of dollars.

Uneducated and unskilled, a travel agent from Jalandhar, assured the duo that they would still get a lucrative job in Dubai. ‘I have links, I will arrange a job, work permit and visa for you,’ the travel agent told them.  In return the brothers had to pay him 70 lakh rupees, in cash. ‘Don’t worry once you reach Dubai and start working the recovery would be in no time,’ assured the agent.

It was then the brothers decided to lease out their ancestral land and arrange for the funds.  The entire process took less than a month, and with dreams of earning good money and lead a good lifestyle, the brothers set out for their journey, by boarding the flight to Dubai.

It was only when the duo landed there, they got to know how the travel agent had duped them with fake visas and work permit. This incident turned their  miserable with leased land being taken away by the lender in the absence of repayment of load, they were left with no option but to work as daily wagers to make their ends meet.

To curb these incidents Jalandhar-based NRI Sabha would be joining hands with Sarbat Da Bhala- a Dubai based charity organisation. Further the association would also help those illegal immigrants who are lodged in various jails in UAE and help them get back.
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