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India lifts ban on female domestic workers
September 4, 2017, 3:04 pm

Government of India has with immediate effect withdrawn the contentious US$ 2,500 bank guarantee measure which was needed earlier for recruitment of female domestic workers for Kuwait.

The guarantee requirement put in place by the Indian government was immediately rejected by Kuwaiti authorities as interference over their own laws, thus putting a ban over the recruitment of female Indian domestics until a mutually acceptable solution was found.

There are around 350,000 India domestics out of a total of 900,000 Indian citizens working in Kuwait and female domestic workers make up around 100,000. The ban since more than two years has created a large vacuum in the domestic segment as Indians were preferred over others due to their adaptability among the locals.

The bank guarantee was put in place due to the high number of abuse cases and non-payment of salaries and the government was seeking to hold sponsors accountable for the violations directly by passing local laws, which were seen as lax as domestic labor did not come under the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The lifting of the $2,500 bank guarantee is now being replaced by recruitment only through six government agencies in India. The exact procedure is not clear and neither are the fees for the recruitment process.

Several companies from Kuwait have in the past year offered to undertake recruitment by providing insurance, bank guarantees and other solutions to end the embargo of Indian female domestic help to Kuwait.

The six government-approved recruitment agencies are:

Non –Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA-ROOTS)
Address: NORKA CENTRE, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Tel: (0091) 471-2330530

Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd (ODEPC)
Address: T.C. 27/741 (3), Ambalathumukku, Vanchiyoor P.O., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Tel: (0091) 471-2576314

Overseas Manpower Corporation Limited (OMCL)
Address: No.42, Alandur Road, Thiru Vi Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Tel: (0091) 44-22505886 / 44-22502267 / 44-22500417

Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation (UPFC)
Address: 14/88, Civil Lines, Kanpur-208001, Uttar Pradesh
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Tel: (0091)512-2530041 / 512-2530044, Fax: (0091)512-2530073 / 512-2533743

Telanga Overseas Manpower Company (TOMCOM)
Address: Government IT Campus, Vijaya Nagar Colony, Masabtank, Hyderabad-500057

The Overseas Manpower Company Andhra Pradesh (OMCAP)
Address: Government ITI Campus, Vijayawada, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh – 520008
E-mail: (Emigrate Code RA8723)
Tel/Fax: (0091)866 2484948 

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