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India toughens maid recruitment for Oman

India has decided to introduce certain changes to the service agreements of Indian housemaids being brought to Oman with effect from June 20.



Dubai: India has decided to introduce
certain changes to the service agreements of Indian housemaids
being brought to Oman with effect from June 20.

"The changes are aimed at protecting the housemaids from
abuse and providing skilled manpower to the Omani households,"
a statement released by the Indian embassy in Oman said.

The issue was discussed between representatives of
India`s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Omani
Ministry of Manpower during a Joint Working Group meeting
under the MOU on Manpower between the two countries last
month.

As per new rules, employers will be required to produce a
salary certificate of 1000 Omani riyal per month (USD 259).

"Employers will be required to provide a bank guarantee
of 1100 riyals (USD 285) while recruiting a housemaid. The
security guarantee will be used for the repatriation of the
housemaid only in case her employer fails to honour the
service agreement. In the normal course, the amount is
reimbursable to the employer," it said.

"In case a sponsor agrees to release the housemaid to
another sponsor, a new agreement will have to be signed by the
new sponsor.

In case of an employer having more than 6 members in the
family, more than one housemaid will need to be employed. The
age of the housemaid will not be less than 30 years and not
more than 50 years. When repatriating the housemaid, the
ticket is to be booked by a direct flight to India," it added.

Salary to the housemaid must be paid through banking
channels. Where banking channels are not available, a
bilingual salary slip signed by both the sponsor and the
housemaid will be necessary.

PTI

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