Kuwait: The manpower authority has issued an administrative decision that will take effect on July 1 banning the recruitment of expatriate holders of diplomas and higher degrees who are under 30 years of age, the decision preventing the recruitment of expatriate workers has been postponed for further study and should have been executed early this year.

 

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Kuwait MPs Faisal Al-Kandari and Khalil Al-Saleh proposed again to impose a tax on money transfers of expatriates

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The Indian government's decision to do away with the address page in the Indian passport has received mixed reaction from social workers and expats in the UAE.

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In a statement made to the media on January 12, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced its decision to do away with the last page of the passport and other travel. The last page contains information such the name of parents, spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and old passport number with date and place of issue of the holder of the passport.

A creative visualisation of the orange passport could look like.

Late last year, the Indian government also announced that NRIs are not eligible to apply for Aadhar - India's biometric identity card - nor are they required to link their Aadhar details to PAN cards or register it with their SIM cards. The decision to do-away with the address page on the passport raises questions as to what NRIs must do to avail services such as apply for SIM cards or open bank accounts in India. 

Indian missions in the UAE have stated that they are yet to receive official instruction from the Ministry in New Delhi before new passports can be issued. Pavan K. Rai, first secretary, consular affairs at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said: "We are yet to receive official instructions from New Delhi with this regard, and cannot comment on the decision's effects on NRI's in UAE. Once we get clear guidelines from the ministry, we can clarify processes for residents." 

ECR segregation is discriminatory

Furthermore, the proposal to issue 'an orange coloured' passport for Emigration Check Required (ECR) categories of people was met with ire, as social workers stated that it is discriminatory to segregate citizens who have not passed Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations.

The 'ECR' stamp in the current passport ensures the safety of uneducated and unskilled Indian workers, from the deprived socio-economic conditions, against prevailing legal conditions in foreign countries.

KV Shamsudheen, founder and chairman of Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, has written a letter to the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj requesting her to retract this decision as it would cause severe difficulty for NRI's. He said: "It is not fair to segregate citizens who in the ECR category with and orange passport. The government is claiming the orange passport will save workers from exploitation. But that is not the case, they will be subject to discrimination, especially at immigration lines at international airports."

Social worker Girish Pant said that the decision has its pros and cons. "If workers are easily identified with the different coloured passport, they can avail services that would protect them against unscrupulous agents and job frauds. However, removal of the address could indeed cause increased paper work for NRIs, especially when it comes to getting their paperwork attested by various authorities."

Many countries demand parents' information for resident and visit visa purposes, said Shamsudheen, adding, "If the new passport is implemented, NRIs have to get a certificate showing parents' names' (birth certificate) from their home cities, that requires attestation by the Indian ministry of foreign affairs, embassies of the home country, and attestation by respective country's foreign ministry. It will be very cumbersome to NRIs. Applying for visas to foreign countries will be a technical nightmare," he said.

Another social worker in Dubai Kusum Dutta said: "When Aadhar was implemented, my family and I got it made. I feel proud to have an Aadhar with me, because it gives me a sense of identity. Though I am very happy that the government has taken such a bold step, I am a bit unsure if we're equipped electronically to handle this shift given our population. Both in India and abroad."

 

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Al-Durra Domestic Recruitment Company has announced availability of Sri Lankan domestic workers the company has fixed KD960 for the hiring, yesterday, the Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait

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Kuwait: Major General Talal Marafi, Director General of the Residency Affairs Department at the Ministry of Interior Marafi said the four cases mentioned in the Philippine president statement are individual cases cannot be used as a criterion to assess the overall status of the Filipinos workers in the country, he pointed out that there are measures being taken to improve the conditions of workers especially domestic workers

 

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MOI TO SHARE DIGITAL INFO WITH MOH

Laboratories of the Ministry of Interior will have digital access to those of the Addiction Treatment Center and the Ministry of Health for securitizing data about patients’ blood samples.

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The automatic system, linking up computer systems of the three entities’ laboratories, is set up for the first time in Kuwait, said Du’aa Al-Khaldi, director of medical laboratories services department, in a statement on Saturday.
The electronic link-up is designed to avert “manipulation with the addiction patients’ blood samples,” she explained.

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Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro Villa revealed that the embassy is waiting for a clarification from the Philippine government and the Department of Labor and Employment regarding the decision taken by President Rodrigo Duterte about the suspension of sending workers to Kuwait may be affected.
he pointed that the embassy is waiting for clarification about the total ban of the OFW whether it would include the new contracts for Filipino workers to Kuwait or including those who spend their holidays in the Philippines, he added

DOLE SUSPENDS OFW DEPLOYMENT TO KUWAIT

The Philippines on Friday suspended sending workers to Kuwait, a day after President Rodrigo Duterti complained that abuses there had prompted a number of domestic workers to commit suicide. 
Kuwait expressed surprise at the move and said it was in touch with Manila to try to resolve the matter. 

Philippine Labor Minister Sylvester Bello told Reuters the suspension of sending workers to Kuwait would be "pending an investigation into the causes of the death of some six or seven Filipino workers abroad" and did not mention specific cases or disclose when those deaths occurred. 
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs estimates there are more than 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait, most of whom work in domestic service. A large number of Filipinos work in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Douterti said on Thursday that he was thinking of preventing workers from going to Kuwait because Manila had recently "lost four women" there, referring to domestic workers who said they had been abused and committed suicide. 

He was aware of many cases of sexual abuse suffered by Filipinos in Kuwait and that he wanted to discuss the issue with the Kuwaiti Government and "convey the truth and inform them that this was no longer acceptable." 
Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah expressed his "regret and surprise" at Duterti's remarks and said legal measures were taken in the cases mentioned by the Philippine president. 

"We immediately contacted the Philippine authorities to find out the truth and the dimensions of this statement and to work to refute the false information contained therein," he said.

The agency said that Al-Jarallah pointed out that the number of Filipino workers residing in Kuwait exceeds 170 thousand and that his country has laws that protect the rights of these workers and regulate their relationship with employers and prevent their being subjected to any attacks or abuses. 
"The four cases mentioned in the president's statement can not be taken to infer or measure the status of Philippine employment," he said. 
More than 2.3 million Filipinos are registered as workers abroad. The total cash transfers exceed $ 2 billion per month, which boost strong consumer spending in one of the fastest growing economies in the world

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah on Friday regretted remarks made by the Filipino president regarding his nation' community in Kuwait.

Affirming that the two countries have maintained distinguished ties, Al-Jarallah indicated that his department had immediately contacted the Philippines' authorities to determine motives behind the president's statement and refute the erroneous information in it.

Number of the Filipinos in Kuwait has exceeded 170,000, thus the four cases mentioned in the president statement "cannot be used as a criterion to assess the overall status of the Philippines' laborers in the country," he said. Legal measures had been taken against the four Filipinos, Al-Jarallah added.

Kuwait enjoys "a bright image on treating the expatriate workers and has laws that preserve their rights and organize their relations with the employers," the deputy foreign minister said. Kuwait's laws and regulations protect the expatriates against any attacks or abuse and this fact has turned it into a favored mecca for work for various peoples.

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