UAE: New app to help workers avoid fake job offers Filed on January 22, 2021
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It aims to make the centre more accessible to Indian workers in need.

A new app will help users outside the UAE verify job offers that come from companies based in the emirates.

The PBSK app — created by the Pravasi Bhartiya Sahayeta Kendra welfare Centre for Indian citizens in the UAE — was launched by V. Muraleedharan, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, on Thursday.

It aims to make the centre more accessible to Indian workers in need. It is available in five languages: Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu, and English.

“The three main objectives of launching this app are to provide a single window of contact to people, enhance engagement with the Indian community in the UAE, and generate awareness,” said Dr Aman Puri, Consul-General of India in Dubai, while introducing the app.

The app will also be of service to users outside the UAE by helping them verify any job offers that have seemingly come from companies based in the emirates.

Several people often get duped by ‘fake’ job offers from the Gulf. This service aims to protect user interest and avoid just mishaps.

Pravasi Bhartiya Sahayeta Kendra (PBSK) receives an average of 100 calls and 25 e-mails a day, said Dr Puri. The centre, which was shifted to the Counsulate-General of India (CGI) premises in Bur Dubai from its office in JLT on November 1 last year, has been a primary source of assistance and guidance for blue-collar workers in distress.


Suneeti Ahuja Kohli

Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli has been in Dubai long enough to call it her spiritual home. She loves to travel but plans to settle down in Koi Samui, Thailand eventually to spend her sunset years by the sea. For now, she writes frequently on personal finance, retirement planning, business news and features, health and almost anything assigned by her editor. Her sojourns can be followed on instagram (suneetiahujakohli), news and views on Twitter @suneetiahuja, and for the rest, there’s a Facebook account.

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