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Non-drivers have gone to Dubai seeking jobs in taxi company: Manusha

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BY AJITH SIRIWARDANA AND YOHAN PERERA

Some individuals who are not qualified as drivers have gone to Dubai fraudulently to be employed as drivers in a taxi company and have faced issues after being unable to pass the driving test there, Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said today.

He told Parliament that steps were being taken to bring them back to Sri Lanka.

The Minister said this while responding to a question by Parliamentarian Wasantha Yapa Bandara that a group of 200 Sri Lankans who had gone to Dubai to be employed in a Dubai taxi company had not got their employment yet.

The MP said the group had gone to Dubai legally through the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE).
The Minister said the group had to wait some time as they wanted to get necessary training there and pass a driving test before being employed and that those who passed the driving test are being recruited now.

“Some individuals in the group had gone there fraudulently without the required skills. Some others had failed the driving test even though they possessed the required skills. Some of them who had passed the test also want to come back. We are planning to bring them back,” he said.


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  • Mizaru Thursday, 07 December 2023 07:34 PM

    How come OL passed fellows are in Sri Lanka legislature and the country went bankrupt.

    Iwazaru Friday, 08 December 2023 07:32 AM

    Hello, OL qualified. Yes, this includes the clowns. Please let us know is basic educational qualifications.

    Lakmal Kahawela Thursday, 07 December 2023 08:31 PM

    lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen

    Mohamed Burhan Thursday, 07 December 2023 08:36 PM

    Utter desperation to get a job.Fair enough. As I remember 35 years back through agent sent for an Accountant job.but he is educated only as an Accounts clerk!!! But this is different does not know driving at all for a driver.This is madness

    Mk Thursday, 07 December 2023 09:41 PM

    NOT ONLY DRIVERS. ALL BIG SHOT MONEY HERE. OUR BOYS AND GIRLS ROAMING LIKE BEGGERS. MANUSHA NEXT TIME YOUR VISIT TO DUBAI VISIT SOME AREA YOU CAN SEE OUR CITIZENS ARE HOW SUFFERING AND ALSO OUR EMBASSY AND OTHER EMBASSIES DIFFERENT. WE STILL 1970 SERIES ONLY. MANUAL GEAR ONLY.

    Jude Thursday, 07 December 2023 11:52 PM

    Maybe they're the passengers!!??

    ChildOfGod Friday, 08 December 2023 12:16 AM

    What a JOKE, one would think they have to have a legal driving license and ex amount of experience before being selected for the job, BUT then again one can get a driving license without even sitting a test if PALMS are oiled, in a particular case the person migrated and hasn't even sat in a driver's seat up to now, at least HONESTY is displayed in this case.

    Sithu Blusinha Friday, 08 December 2023 01:51 AM

    Manusha talking to Amanush!

    Ram Friday, 08 December 2023 02:48 AM

    Before they leave for any job the Foreign Employment Bureau must do an ability test. We see even some who go for domestic work returning not being able to handle the work

    Mahila Friday, 08 December 2023 03:30 AM

    Mr. Minister, "The MP said the group had gone to Dubai legally through the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE)"!!! If that is the case, how did this happen!!!??? SLBFE doesn't seem to be doing their Job Properly or the ‘Hang-of-it’!!!??? Government has to bear the cost of return Airfare and related expenses back to SL!!!??? People are "Sleeping and/or in Deep slumber at the Wheel."!!!??? Should this cost be reimbursed by the culprits at SLBFE, who approved these non-drivers for DRIVERS JOB??? They can afford to pay, because they would have been WELL COMPENSATED, BEFORE THE TRIP!!!???

    Siripala Friday, 08 December 2023 07:47 AM

    It reflects your inability as a minister.

    Ganesh Friday, 08 December 2023 07:54 AM

    Even those qualified don’t easily pass the driving test here, unlike in Sri Lanka where people pay money and get a drivers license. Many of us work here and life ain’t easy but we still push through cos we have commitments to fulfill. Some who come here think it’s a honey pot, sorry there is nothing called a free lunch here. Fundamentally, most of our fellow Sri Lankans are lazy and want thing for free. Look where free education has got us to.

    Terrence K Friday, 08 December 2023 08:16 AM

    @mk the manual system is the best whilst the auto system there is nothing big. Most of the ladies avoid the manual system because they are unable to manoeuvre in the changing of gears. The system wrong in Sri Lanka is that there is money exchanged at several points with driving schools churning out drivers who lack not only theory but the basic practical knowledge of the functioning of a vehicle. The driving skills for reverse of many sri Lankan drivers are lacking. Updating their knowledge of the signals and the new signals introduced are lacking. Even the enforcement of wrongs of delinquents is corrupted because the pre dominant factor is not overseeing good road manners but making a hasty buck. Thats why we have many accidents.

    Amanusha Friday, 08 December 2023 08:17 AM

    How did some go without International Driving Licence obtained from the AAC ? and why are some who have passed the Driving Test in Dubai wanting to come back ?

    Waco Friday, 08 December 2023 10:54 AM

    Mr. Minister you are wasting Tax-Payer’s money.

    NV JEN Friday, 08 December 2023 04:16 PM

    SLBFE is capable of collecting money shamelessly from those employed abroad by having sleuths at the airport. They miserably ignored the plights of the workers who suffered without food or shelter in Middle East during covid pandemic.

    Wiraj Friday, 08 December 2023 04:18 PM

    Bring them back. There is always a Bus driver's job available in (killer) private buses.

    Roshan Saturday, 09 December 2023 08:02 AM

    I found out scam is with agent of Dubai Taxi Corporation in Dubai but Sri Lanka government spending tax payers money to protect Dubai agent without taking legal action against Dubai company.Past well known hard hitting crickerter influncing the Sri Lanka government not to take any axtion against Dubai agent.


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