India, Saudi pact on domestic workers

| Updated on: Jan 01, 2014

India and Saudi Arabia hope to sign an agreement on labour cooperation on domestic workers’ recruitment soon. The agreement is likely to help frame a standard work contract that will stipulate requirements to be adhered to at the time of selection and immigration of such people. The agreement is expected to be signed during the three-day visit of the Saudi Labour Minister, which began on Wednesday. This will be the first agreement that the two countries will sign on labour-related matters. The signing of the agreement is likely to benefit 25-30 per cent of the 2.8 million Indians who are in Saudi Arabia, officials said. This is because it is not only maids but domestic workers who are now included in the category of domestic maids following changes in Saudi law. Officials said the number of maids that go to Saudi Arabia is very restrictive, as India follows very stringent requirements.

Published on March 09, 2018

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