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Drop in Indian workers in Kuwait

New Delhi, Aug 5 (UNI) There has been significant drop in the number of Indian workers in Kuwait between 2017 and 2015 but there is no such scale down in other Gulf countries, official sources said here.


According to sources in the Ministry of External Affairs, in Kuwait the number of Indian workers from 70,765 as in 2015 came down to 38,871 in 2017.

There is no scale down in the number of Indian workers in other Gulf countries since 2015.

The Government has signed Labour and manpower cooperation related Memoranda of Undertaking (MoUs) or Agreements with countries that are destination for a large number of Indian migrant workers. These include all the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The agreements and MoUs seek to ensure that the respective host country has to take ‘measures’ for the protection and welfare of workers.

Moreover, the recruitment and terms of employment should be be in conformity with the laws of respective countries.

A comparative statement of number of Indian workers in Gulf, officials say that the number of Indian workers increased in Bahrain from 2,10,081 to 2,27,239 and from 6,50,000 to 6,91,539 in Qatar.

Similarly, number of Indian workers from Oman 6,69,882 in 2015 increased to 6,88,226 in circa 2017.

The sources also said that Indian workers going for overseas employment to the Gulf countries are employed on contractual basis and have to return to India on completion of their contract period which is generally 2-3 years.

Therefore, the number of workers returning to India after completion of contract – from Gulf nations – is not a definitive indicator of any trend that there is a shortfall of Indian workers in those countries.

(Authored by Nirendra Dev)

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