Punjab

Youngsters trapped in Armenia are back home, courtesy Bhagwant Mann

Punjab Tribune Bureau | February 09, 2019 07:27 PM

CHANDIGARH: “We are back from the virtual hell and want express our profound gratitude to Aam Aadmi Party (AAM) MP Bhagwant Mann, for whose intervention, we would have never returned home. Mann sir has acted as a true Messiah for us”, this is how the youth trapped in Armenia expressed their ordeal with media persons here upon landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. These hapless youth were received at the airport by, besides their shock-shelled families, MP Bhagwant Mann, who had specially reached the airport to ensure that the youth faced no immigration hassles.     

           

The aggrieved youth from Punjab, who were trapped in Armenia for months, narrated their tales of woe while in Armenia, to the media persons in the presence of Mann. The youth thanked Mann for his making personal efforts by broaching the issue with the ministry of external affairs, urging it to take prompt action to facilitate the release of the youth ensuring their safety and security.  

While speaking to scribes at the airport, Mann demanded that the Captain Amarinder Singh government should act fast against the travel agents and arrest them, who, he said, were indulging in an unlawful activity in connivance with those at the helm. Mann expressed satisfaction over the arrest of two of the accused running a well-knit racket and further said that the government should expedite the process of nabbing the other four, who were reported to be on the run.

           

Mann said that hundreds of travel agents were running the nefarious trade illegally under the nose of the sleepy dispensation. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the way the government in the saddle, like the erstwhile SAD-BJP government, was dragging its feet on mounting a crackdown on the travel agents engaged in duping the youth from on promises of bagging them high profile jobs on the foreign shores.

           

Mann informed the media that the trapped youth had no money suffice enough to buy bus tickets to reach their families back home. Mann assured them that he and his party would move heavens and earth do their best to pressure the government to launch a manhunt for the runway accused and to restore the money with interest usurped by the travel agents.

Mann said that, on the basis of the startling revelations made by the youth to scribes, the government should act fast on tracking those into the illegal trade of  trapping gullible youth on the false promises arranging of high profile jobs abroad.

Mann further said that the cases against the erring travel agents across the state running their lucrative business be slapped sooner than later to ensure that no youth was trapped in the vicious cycle of landing attractive jobs abroad. He urged that the union government should come up with a lasting solution to the menace and to stamp out the practice thus saving job seekers being trapped spending a fortune.

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