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Recruitment to Become Easier With Launch of System


Middle East : 20 August 2011

Source: GulfNews

A project to streamline the recruitment of Indian workers will be launched next month, Indian Ambassador to the UAE told Gulf News yesterday.

The joint project between the UAE and India will be formally launched in September, M.K. Lokesh said.

The project is a web-based system to attest employment documents for Indian workers seeking employment in the UAE.

The new system will exchange information on recruitment between the Indian authorities and the UAE Ministry of Labour, the ambassador said. The UAE Ministry of Labour, was not immediately available for comments yesterday. Currently, the job contracts of skilled and unskilled Indian workers carrying passports with ‘Emigration Clearance Required’ stamps have to be attested by the Indian Protector of Emigrants and the Indian Embassy.

Complaints

After the approval from two Indian authorities, the employer submits the worker’s job contract to the UAE Ministry of Labour, which will be the relevant document to refer to, if any disputes arises.

However, there are widespread complaints about discrepancies in the terms of contract submitted to those three authorities. And there was no system to detect the discrepancies.

The ambassador said the new system will stop such discrepancies in employment contracts.

He said the system will help also develop a proper database of Indian workers in the UAE.

The system will benefit the majority of the two million Indian expatriates as about 65 per cent of them are manual workers.

The Indian Ministry of Overseas Affairs, the UAE Ministry of Labour and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi have jointly developed the system.

Early this year, the Indian Embassy increased the minimum wage for 36 categories of skilled and unskilled Indian workers who want to work in the UAE.

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