Mangaluru, Sep 20, 2019: The South Karnataka Travel Agents Association staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on September 19, Wednesday to oppose the alleged fraudulent practices in two medical centres near Lalbagh and in State Bank area of Mangaluru.
The Association while pointing out that the youth aspiring to get jobs in Gulf nations have to mandatorily obtain GCC Medicals, alleged that the medical reports of a few youth who underwent check-up in these two centres termed them as unfit, while tests done in other centres revealed otherwise. As those who are declared unfit have to wait for another 21 days to get another test done, it has been a stumbling block to those who have to go overseas on urgent basis, the Association said.
Further it has pointed out that the Medical Centre would get Rs 5,000 out of the fee if the report result is unfit, while otherwise half the fee has to be paid to GAMCA (Gulf Approved Medical Centres Association).
The protestors later submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging for steps to refund the fee to the affected candidate who gets a ‘fit’ certificate in some other medical centre 21 days after the first test in either of the above mentioned two medical centres which gave ‘unfit’ certificate.
The Association has further demanded a probe through a Committee into the cheating that has taken place in the past one year period and urged for arrangements to issue medical reports on the same day of the test.
Honorary President of the South Karnataka Travel Agents Association Ramesh Poojary, Honorary Advisor Yogish Shetty Jeppu, President Siddique Albushra, Secretary Umarul Farooq, Media Advisor Zakir and others were in the delegation that submitted a memorandum to the district administration.