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Decision to fix wages for Indian domestics at KD 100 ‘appropriate’ - Response on ‘KD 700’ still awaited: official
February 28, 2015, 8:19 am

Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship, Passports and Residence Affairs in the Ministry of Interior Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah said the decision to fix wages for Indian domestic workers at KD100 per month is appropriate and in line with the salary scale for such workers of other nationalities, reports Al-Rai daily.

In a press statement, Sheikh Mazen confirmed the ministry understands the concern of the Indian Embassy in Kuwait for its citizens as long as it does not violates the laws of the country.On the KD700 bank guarantee imposed by the embassy, Sheikh Mazen disclosed, “We are still waiting for their response, particularly the promise of the embassy to refer the matter back to the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry and then inform us on the decision. We will stand firm by our demand to cancel the bank guarantee because it goes against our laws and the protection of our citizens’ interests”.

In relation to the follow up on the domestic workers bureaus, Sheikh Mazen reiterated there is no slackness in pursuing those who manipulate or trade with the reputation of Kuwait in terms of its human rights records. He added 13 bureaus have been shutdown and the owners are currently under investigation.

He revealed the violations of these bureaus include disregard of labor rights or the rights of citizens and residents, human trafficking by hiring domestic workers on a daily or monthly basis, and re-hiring those who have been rejected. He affirmed the inspection campaigns will resume after the national holidays. “We will not tolerate any domestic workers bureau that tarnishes the reputation of Kuwait,” he warned.

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