New rules to help workers

Indian construction workers will need emigration clearance from their government before they can work for contractors in the Gulf, following the introduction of new rules aimed at stamping out their mistreatment abroad.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  October 29, 2005

Indian construction workers will need emigration clearance from their government before they can work for contractors in the Gulf, following the introduction of new rules aimed at stamping out their mistreatment abroad. The Indian government has said that all labourers will now need emigration clearance before taking up jobs and the employers will have to get the offer letters attested by local embassies and consulates. The new rule is aimed at curbing malpractices by recruiting agencies and companies, and will come into effect from 31st December this year. KM Venugopalan, labour consul, at the Consulate General of India, welcomed the news. He said: “I think it’s a very positive move and will save us from the kind of problems we’ve been facing this past month with labourers striking and protesting. “At least there will be some accountability; but the government will have to make sure that the law is implemented strictly.”

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