Vikash Sharma

It seems that the Odisha Economic Offences Wing (EOW) is now on a mission to protect the interest of scores of job aspirants who often fall prey to fake job rackets operating clandestinely in different parts of the country. This time the EOW has cracked its whip on a major job racket which was operating by the name ‘Gramin Rojgar Kalyan Sansthan’ in as many as 17 states in the country.

The specialised wing of Odisha Police has arrested one accused, Dharampal Singh, who is said to be a native of Rupanchak in Bihar. He was arrested on February 15 and is being brought to Odisha on a five-day transit remand. Singh is the Secretary of “Gramin Rojgar Kalyan Sansthan” having its registered office in New Delhi and other offices in Mumbai, Bhopal and Dehradun.

Senior EOW officials said the scamsters had developed a website which resembled a Government website displaying the Government- like job advertisements.

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How the Racket Operated

“Gramin Rojgar Kalyan Sansthan” (GRKS) used to invite applications for various jobs like District and block coordinator, computer operator, block surveyor by prescribing the educational qualification and the remuneration for the individual posts.

The job seekers were asked to submit their application through the website created by the scamsters. To gain the confidence of the job seekers, the miscreants also offered reservations and concessional fee as it is done for Government job.

The EOW officials said that the accused also used to issue advertisement in various newspapers in Odisha as well.

“The racket used to conduct online exam and interview and used to give syllabus for each post on their website. The fake website also warned job seekers about job fraud as well,” said a senior EOW official.

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As per an estimate, lakhs of unemployed youths across the nation applied for various posts from 2020 onwards by paying the required application fees. Notably, the applicants were being made to sit in the online examination but none of them was being given appointments and were deliberately disqualified.

“GRKS was misappropriating the application fees amounting to crores of rupees from the gullible job seekers. The accused used to conduct fake scholarship online exam as well. The scamsters were using many shell companies for routing and money laundering the ill-gotten money,” the EOW added.