India approves Kuwait pact on domestic workers

NEW DELHI: The Indian cabinet yesterday approved signing an agreement between India and Kuwait for cooperation on recruitment of domestic workers, a move that will benefit over 300,000 Indians. The memorandum of understanding provides a structured framework for cooperation on domestic worker related matters and provides strengthened safeguards for Indian domestic workers including female workers in Kuwait, a statement said.

The pact is initially valid for a period of five years and incorporates a provision for automatic renewal. A joint committee will be set up to follow up the implementation of the MoU, which will also promote bilateral cooperation in domestic worker related matters between the two countries. “Around 300,000 Indian domestic workers are deployed in Kuwait. This includes around 90,000 female domestic workers,” the statement added. – PTI