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Bahrain amnesty for illegal expats

india Updated: Jul 26, 2007 11:29 IST

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The six-month amnesty announced by Bahrain for the illegal foreign workers will start from September 1 instead of the earlier planned in the month of August.



The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) board chairman Dr Majeed Al Alawi conveyed the new date to the Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty at a meeting on Wednesday.



Alawi sought the co-operation of the Indian Embassy in increasing the Indian community's awareness of the move.



The amnesty, which would allow illegal workers to legalise their stay or leave the country without paying fines, was in line with the country's labour market reforms, the 'Gulf Daily News' reported.



Shetty said the embassy would make use of all communication facilities at its disposal to make the community aware of the amnesty procedures.



"We shall ask New Delhi to provide us extra staff and shall ask Indian organisations to encourage maximum people to benefit from the move," he was quoted as saying by the paper.



Shetty also praised the government's decision to ban outdoor work between noon and 4pm in July and August. "This reflects the commitment to the health and welfare of expatriate workers," he said.



In response to an issue raised by the ambassador on India's plan to propose a minimum wage for workers in Bahrain, Alawi said the kingdom was implementing relevant legislations and laws and was committed to international treaties.



"However, the issue of minimum wage has to be agreed upon by the Bahraini employer and expatriate workers," Alawi said.