Bank Guarantee For “Indian Domestic Workers” In Kuwait

November 20, 2014

The Indian embassy in Kuwait has issued a clarification on the bank guarantee provision for employers amid reports of maltreatment and abuses suffered by the Indian female domestic workers in the country.

“There seems to be some misunderstanding in a section of media in Kuwait regarding the decision to implement the bank guarantee provision of 720 Kuwaiti Dinars (equivalent to $2,500) from September 11 by every employer wishing to employ Indian female domestic workers,” a press release by the Indian embassy in Kuwait said.

“This welfare measure has been taken by the Government of India as there have been some cases of maltreatment and abuses suffered by the Indian female domestic workers in Kuwait,” the statement added.

“This bank guarantee provision has long been implemented by Indian Embassies in other Gulf countries (in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain),” it said.  The statement further clarified that the submission of 720 Dinars bank guarantee by a sponsor in Kuwait is not a commercial transaction as the Embassy is only asking for a bank guarantee, not a bank deposit.

‘No revision in wages’

Amid reports that India has revised the minimum wage requirements for its workers in the UAE, Indian mission in the country said on Tuesday that no such revision was made.

“We had last revised minimum wages for various categories of Indian workers employed in the UAE on March 15, 2011,” Indian Ambassador to the UAE T P Seetharam was quoted as saying in local media.

A news report had earlier said India was seeking a revision in the wages of millions of Indians working in Gulf nations.

Seetharam said no revision in the minimum wages of Indian workers in the UAE was made in the recent past.

As per the documents available on the embassy website, minimum wages prescribed for the unskilled and skilled Indian workers ranged from Dirhams 800 per month for cleaners to Dirhams 1400 per month for heavy duty operators.

Source : Freepressjournal

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