Muscat: Around 320 Indian women workers in Oman had approached the Indian embassy in Muscat with grievances, according to a document tabled in the Indian parliament on July 10.
This is a 42 per cent increase when compared to the data of previous year.In 2017, the number of complaints received from Indian women workers were 232 and in 2018, it was 328.
The document was laid on the table as a reply to a question raised by Dean Kuriakose, Member of Parliament.
He had asked whether the Indian Government had received a complaint that embassies do not provide adequate assistance or legal services when domestic workers in foreign countries, particularly in Arab countries. In the reply, the External Affairs Ministry had said that the number of women workers who had approached the Indian embassy in Bahrain in 2016 was 84. And it was 80 in 2017 and 78 in 2018.
In Saudi, in 2016 the number was 153, 550 in 2017 and 235 in 2018. In Qatar, in 2016 the number was not available, 397 in 2017 and 495 in 2018.
In Qatar, in 2016 the number was 1206, 1009 in 2017 and 527 in 2018. And in UAE, in 2016 the number was 196, 319 in 2017 and 376 in 2018.
Dean had also asked whether the Indian Government intends to change labour laws to provide legal protection to domestic workers going abroad to work.In the reply, the Ministry of External Affairs had said that domestic laws pertaining to labour in India, including women who are going as domestic workers to Gulf countries, do not extend to these countries.
“However, the Indian Government has taken further measures to promote the protection and welfare of Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport holding Indian women going abroad as domestic workers, including restricting their recruitment only through seven State Government recruiting agencies w.e.f. 2 August, 2016; mandatory age restriction of minimum 30 years; and mandatory requirements of their foreign employers registering themselves on e-Migrate system and depositing a bank guarantee equivalent to US $ 2500,” the reply added.
Meanwhile, responding to a complaint on twitter regarding a women domestic worker case, the Indian embassy said that coming to Oman on visit visa to work is violation of Omani Labour laws. The embassy also tweeted that for their safety, housemaids coming to Oman must come through eMigrate system of Government of India.
India launched eMigrate, an online registration system for foreign employers who want to recruit Indian workers, in 2015.
The eMigrate portal www.emigrate.gov.in is an online recruitment system initially established for blue-collar workers and housemaids seeking employment in 18 countries where they require emigration clearance from the office of the Protector of Emigrants.