28 July 2014, Emirates 24/7

Saudi Arabia is planning to bring nearly 100,000 Indian domestic workers in 2014 following their recent agreement on the recruitment of housemaids.

The maids would be brought to families in the Gulf Kingdom through labor recruitment offices which have been asked to abide by the agreement signed between the two countries a few weeks ago, a newspaper said.

“Sources at the Saudi labor ministry said there are plans to issue nearly 100,000 visas for Indian housemaids this year…this number will increase next year in case the process is successful,” ‘Sharq Al Awsat’ daily said.

Officials said last week the agreement stipulated that all Indian domestic workers to be sent to the world’s dominant oil exporter must be aged between 25 and 50 years.

Ahmed Al Faheed, Saudi labor ministry undersecretary for international affairs, said Indian maids would be subject to a crash course by recruitment offices in each of the Subcontinent’s states before they are sent to Saudi Arabia.



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