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India, Kuwait finalize deal on recruitment of nurses

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kuwait, together with the Indian Embassy have signed a deal finalizing the modalities of recruitment of nurses from India, thereby paving way for hiring nurses only through three government agencies.

The Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at the MoH and Dr. Jamal Mansour Al-Harbi, the Assistant Undersecretary for medical services Affairs at MoH, and the Indian Ambassador, Sunil Jain, have signed deal during a brief ceremony held at MoH, Kuwait.

The deal finally puts to rest uncertainty over the issue which has been long hanging over, as Indian banned overseas recruitment of nurses by private agencies since 30th April 2015.

The officials, on signing the deal, expressed optimism that the deal would put an end of large-scale corruption and cheating by private recruiting agents, who used to recruit nurses from India to Kuwait after taking huge sums as bribes and commission.

Both Indian and Kuwait authorities will work together to make recruitments of nurses corruption-free and transparent.

The Health Ministry plans to recruit 3000 nurses in a year, majority of them from the State of Kerala. The Indian government in the month of March, decided to route the recruitment of nurses through three government agencies Norka Roots, ODEPC (Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants) and the Overseas Manpower Corporation.

There is a consensus that only a nominal amount, not exceeding KD100, would be charged from candidates for jobs in the MoH as recruitment fee.

Earlier, private agents in India were reported to have been taking huge sums in the range KD6000 to KD12000 for nursing jobs in Kuwait, and in some cases, recruiters would bring in large numbers of nurses and then let them go after working for just a short period, so that they could again recruit new pool of candidates.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait was pressurized to put an end to this malpractice, while the Kerala government requested the centre to appoint a nodal agency to hold overseas recruitment of nurses from India. Members of Parliament in Kuwait also raised the issue in Parliament, thereby setting stage for bilateral talks between the governments.

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