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G2G comes into force, recruitment agencies on the run
April 23, 2016, 4:24 pm

In a historic achievement that could benefit Indian nursing professionals, the Government to Government (G2G) recruiting of Indian nurses to Kuwait has become a reality.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kuwait is reportedly preparing to directly recruit over 1,000 nurses from India through the Indian government's E-migrate system. The decision to recruit directly on G2G basis was taken after a high-level delegation from Kuwait recently met with government officials of Kerala in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

As per the new plan, private recruitment contracting agencies will carry out the necessary preliminary work in Kuwait, on behalf of MoH and in coordination with NORKA and ODEPEC, the two organizations mandated by the Indian government to recruit nurses. Officials from MoH Kuwait will then conduct the required written tests and interviews with Indian nurses to select the most suitable candidates.

The high-level MoH delegation that visited Kerala included the Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs at MoH Dr. Mahmoud Al-Abdulhadi and the Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Services Affairs, Dr Jamal Mansour Al-Harbi. The Kuwaiti delegation held discussions with the Chief Minister of Kerala and the Minister for Non-Resident Keralites, as well as with NORKA and ODEPEC officials.

It is worth noting that in March 2015, a high-level Indian delegation comprising Kerala's Principal Secretary Labor, Tom Jose, NORKA Secretary Ms. Rani George, the CEO of NORKA, R.S. Kannan and Managing Director of ODEPEC Dr. G.L. Muralidharan had visited Kuwait and held fruitful discussions ministry of health officials.

It is hoped that with this remarkable G2G achievement, the human trafficking of Indian nursing professionals to the Middle-East by unscrupulous middle-men will come to an end. The Indian government has stipulated that the recruitment of nursing professionals should only be through the E-migrate System and has entrusted the task of recruiting to three state-government recruitment agencies, namely NORKA, ODEPEC and the Tamil Nadu Overseas Manpower Corporation.

The decision to this effect had come one year back, but there were widespread apprehension that the decision of the Indian External Affairs Ministry would be subverted by the strong Indian recruitment lobby.

The entire credit for encouraging MoH officials in Kuwait to visit India and for helping implement the G2G process goes to H.E. Sunil Jain, the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait. It is indeed remarkable how his sincere and diligent efforts have finally paid off. When he first heard that agencies were charging as much as two million rupees for recruitment and placement of Indian nurses in Kuwait, the ambassador was shocked beyond words and promised to stop the shameless activity. From that moment he has worked tirelessly with a single-minded focus on finding a solution. The G2G is the result of that effort. We thank you, Your Excellency.

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