India and Kuwait have signed a deal that brings Indian domestic workers in Kuwait within a legal framework, streamlining their recruitment and providing them with the protection of law.
The deal has been signed yesterday between Indian Ambassador Sibi George and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Majdi Ahmad Al-Dhafiri in the presence of the visiting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah.
Mr. Jaishankar visited Kuwait City, and this is his first bilateral visit to the country.
The MoU signed, brings the Indian domestic workers in Kuwait within the ambit of legal framework and offers the protection of law which they deserve.
Both ministers welcomed signing of the MoU, saying that this is likely to bring forth signing of employment contract that ensures the rights and duties of both employer and domestic workers.
The MoU also aims to establish a mechanism for 24-hour assistance to domestic workers. It aims to establish a joint committee for periodic review and assessment, and for follow-up of the implementation of the MoU, through annual meetings.
Currently, there are about one million Indians residing in Kuwait, and India is among the largest trading partners of Kuwait, while Kuwait is a major supplier of oil to India.