Kuwait, India reach deal on hiring domestic hand

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: Kuwait and India succeeded in defining the approval frameworks for the agreement on the recruitment of domestic workers after the Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India recently, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources said India specified the age bracket for the recruitment of new female workers – 30 to 55 years old; while the salary should not be less than KD100 per month and a bank account must be opened for the worker to transfer the salary instead of paying her in cash.

Sources added there is also a clause stipulating the need for the Indian Embassy and an accredited recruitment agency to approve the employment contract. Meanwhile, Chairperson of Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices Khaled Al-Dakhnan told the daily that setting the age bracket reduced the number of new contracts from India; indicating that Kuwait has prohibited the issuance of visas for those below 30 years old since the signing of the MoU. Moreover, an official source from the manpower sector revealed that 10 Indian recruitment offices were specified for the recruitment of domestic workers.

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