17 July 2014, Arab News

There is no mandatory minimum wage for Indian domestic workers in the new recruitment scheme, Ahmed Al-Fuhaid, deputy labor minister for international affairs, told Arab News on Tuesday.

“This is an open market and the Indian government has not placed any binding conditions in terms of monetary compensation, but fair and attractive salaries are sure to be offered even for first-timers to the Kingdom,” said Al-Fuhaid.

The statement came after Saudi and Indian authorities met on Monday to finalize the details of a labor agreement signed between the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Saudi Labor Ministry in January this year.

Al-Fuhaid had led the discussions on behalf of the Saudi side and I.P. Lakra, first secretary for community welfare, represented the Indian Embassy.

Saad Al-Badah, chairman of the national recruitment committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers, was also present at the meeting.

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