The drive is carried out by the Department in cooperation with Internal Security Force (Lakhwiya), Rescue Police (Al-Fazaa), Doha Municipality and Inspection Department of the Labour Ministry.
The director of the SFD Col. Nasser Mohammed Al-Sayed said that the extensive campaign that started in the beginning of April 2012 will continue to capture all the workers that violate the residence law of the country. “As part of the drive, we raided many places where illegal workers are staying, with prior approval from Public Prosecution and have taken legal procedures against them” added Col Al-Sayed.
“A total number 2055 persons have been arrested till now. Out of them 270 were working on their own, 766 were working with someone other than their sponsors, 902 absconding employees, 55 with expired residence permits and 61 workers staying illegally in the country”, said the SFD director.
He also said that the drive is being carried out in all parts of the country and it has been supported by a stationery operation and another mobile operations room. “Those held in the drive will be detained at the deportation wards of the Department and they will be produced in front of Public Prosecution after necessary investigations and in turn they will be referred to the concerned court that is working in the Department itself” said Al-Sayed stressing that the deportation wards are well arranged for decent living. He further mentioned that those captured will be either deported or released in sponsorship of new sponsors.
The SFD director stated that the drive will continue until this issue of absconding and illegal workers is eliminated totally and the convicted companies and persons in these cases will be blacklisted and fined and they won’t be able to recruit new employees. This is carried out in coordination with labour ministry, he said.
“The drive is going on round the clock and all areas of the country are covered. Starting from coming month, the drive will cover house maids” Col. Al-Sayed said urging all the community members to cooperate with this drive to end this phenomenon that threats security of the community.
He further said that many companies and person are ignorant about the seriousness of this issue and warned that the Qatari Residence Law states strict punishment for those violating the law. This phenomenon threats the security of the country as these people are more prone to commit crimes and it will be difficult to trace them, he said. As well they may cause for spread of diseases in the country as they are not availing medical services.
The SFD director called upon the citizens and expatriates in the country not to cooperate with residence law violators and to contact the hotline number of 44695222 to report any such case and the service is available 24 hours a day in Arabic, English and Urdu languages.
Col Al-Sayed also emphasized on the need of creating awareness on this issue and said that the Department is cooperating with Public Relations Department of the Ministry to raise awareness.
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