The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has filed reports with the Public Prosecution identifying 17 suspects of various nationalities on charges of fraud and violations of the ministry’s ‘Tasheel’ electronic system.
As per the ministry, the accused individuals have reportedly violated current laws and regulations and paid less than the due fees on the work permits of other persons.
MoHRE Files Charges against 17 Accused of Fraud, Violations of Tasheel in UAE
According to Mohammed Saqr Al Nuaimi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Support Services Affairs at the Ministry, the ministry’s internal control system has the capacity to detect violations and identify persons directly involved, as shared in a report by WAM.
Al Nuaimi said, “Eight of the suspects included in the reports work for several companies whose employees can complete their self-processing transactions, as allowed by the ministry.”
The assistant undersecretary explained that at the request of the accused individual’s companies, they were granted access to the ministry’s electronic system to complete their transactions.
He also pointed out that seven persons working in other establishments with access to the electronic system committed fraud by applying for work permits at fees less than those required for such permits.
“The system revealed that two suspects applied for 15 work entry permits in the names of other people. They completed the required procedures accompanied by documents that relate to the concerned citizens and bearing false signatures and photocopies of their passports,” Al Nuaimi noted.
The Tas’heel is an online government service designed to streamline all labor-related processes, improve output volume and increase efficiency. This system allows companies and typing centers to perform online transactions and payments to the Ministry of Labor, thereby encouraging a paperless environment.
Through this government feature, companies no longer have to worry about physically submitting payments or documents – an important factor which greatly contributes to the government’s efficient and effective management of resources.
It’s unfortunate that while the government has designed systems which aim to make its services more accessible and efficient for residents, there are still those which look to use it to their advantage, by avoiding payment of fees which are all standard and have been set by the government to regulate industries as well as the employment of individuals through compliance with the set requirements, as determined by the law.
Once the investigation has been completed, companies involved will be verified for accountability in this process to ensure that no situations such as this will not happen again in the future.