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Kuwait hiring nurses from India through ‘State-owned’ agencies

KUWAIT CITY, April 17: The government of Kuwait has agreed to recruit nurses through the e-migrate system of the government of India through the Stateowned agencies to put to rest uncertainty over the issue that has been hanging ever since India banned overseas recruitment of nurses by private agencies on April 30, 2015.

A decision to this effect was taken during a high-level meeting recently in Kerala between representatives of the Kerala government and the Kuwait Ministry of Health offi cials.

The visiting delegation from Kuwait’s Ministry of Health held discussions with the Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy, Minister for Non-Resident Affairs of Keralites K.C. Joseph and other offi cials. The Kuwait delegation was led by Assistant Undersecretary at the Health Ministry Jamal Al-Harbi and another senior offi cial for legal affairs Mohammed Al-Balkalabi. According to Indian sources, offi cials of the Kuwaiti Health Ministry will directly conduct the licensing test and interview to select the candidates.

It has also been reported that the Kuwaiti contracting companies which recruit nurses for private hospitals and clinics will be advised that they should register to the emigrate system and the Ministry of Health in Kuwait is expected to take the initiative to convene a meeting of State-owned agencies and contracting companies to explain the modalities of the e-system. The recruitment process to hire nurses through the government-owned agencies for Kuwait’s Health Department is expected to be initiated immediately.

The Kuwait decision to utilize the services of State-owned agencies in India will come as a great relief for the candidates who were otherwise fl eeced by the agencies. The Narendra Modi government at the center had taken a decision about a year ago to regulate the recruitment agencies and directed that all recruitment must happen through government agencies. Indian Ambassador to Kuwait HE Sunil Jain has played a central role in implementing the Government of India decision.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and the Indian Embassy in October 2015 had signed an agreement fi nalizing the modalities of recruitment of nurses from India and paving the way for hiring nurses only through three government agencies — Norka Roots, the fi eld agency of the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department, Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC), under the labor department of the state government, and the Overseas Manpower Corporation run by the Tamil Nadu government.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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