Ministry of Agriculture has recently noticed a fake recruitment racket being run by a company. Harrowing candidates are reaching out to the ministry with complaints ranging from fake vacancy advertisements to fraud appointment letters for which they paid money too.
"We have received some cases regarding vacancies and appointment letters given to some people under the name of Ministry of Agriculture. Candidates were complaining that they have paid money to the firm also. Candidates have to be careful about the genuineness of the advertisement," said a senior official at Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
The ministry's section office managed to find out the name of the company and issued a notice against it. "We observed that an organisation with the name NACS Limited is masquerading itself as Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and has issued vacancies on its website (http://nacsindia.in) pertaining to agriculture and allied sectors. We are clarifying to the candidates that there is no such organisation operating under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare," said the official.
NACS limited claims to have been established in September 2001 with specialisations in the fields of Farm Forestry, Teak Plantations, Bio - Fuels, Breeding, Bovine Genetics, Food Processing of Meat and manufacturing of Sanitary Napkins. The company claims to be based in Uttarakhand and have several branch offices in Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and Punjab and also countries like Canada, USA, UAE, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and China. "We have advised people to refrain from this organisation. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare will bear no responsibility for any acts on behalf of this organisation. We have also recommended people that in case of any vacancy in any divisions of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, they should verify from Employment News and from the ministry's official Portal before applying," the official added.
While NACS limited is posing as PSU under the government, the government's PSU Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has also faced the same problem. It had also issued a notice that fake recruitment advertisements related to ONGC are appearing in various portals and newspapers which are being posted by unscrupulous agencies and individuals. "ONGC has already brought the matter into the notice of administration for investigation. ONGC Ltd has nothing to do with such fake advertisements and the company advertises all its vacancies only through reputed newspapers and Employment News," the notice stated.
In February this year, the ministry of food processing industries issued a public notice warning against miscreants issuing fake appointment letters and vacancy circulars for a 'sarkari call centre' by misusing the government emblem and logo of the ministry. They were also demanding money as a security deposit. The ministry doesn't run any such call centre. Rackets related to vacancies and appointments have been reported in the past in which firms demand money from job seekers and disappear after giving them fake appointment letters leaving the candidates in lurch.
On 14 May, CBI arrested two persons from Haryana and Dehradun in a cheating case relating to fake employment in the Northern Railways.