Qatar mulls plan to ensure labourers are paid dues

The plan would allow authorities to ensure that workers are paid on time.

Dubai: Qatar is considering making it mandatory for private firms to provide monthly details of salaries paid by them to workers as part of efforts to secure financial protection for labourers, many of whom are Indians.

The plan, once put in place, would allow authorities to make sure that workers are paid on time and that there are no unnecessary deductions or delays.

This process will also identify which workers have not been paid, a report in The Peninsula said.

Qatar has large number of expatriate workers, many of whom are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, who have sometimes raised issues of poor living conditions and the non-payment of wages.

It has been suggested that companies, which are unable to transfer salaries to banks directly, should record the details of cash salary payments on discs and send them to the ministry, which already has a comprehensive database of commercial establishments in the country, covered by the labour law, the report said.

"We will be able to analyse salary payment details in no time since everything will be computerised," a senior ministry official, was quoted by the Qatari paper as saying.

The ministry is also considering introducing an awareness campaign to encourage private sector companies to pay their workers through banks.