The Government has started a 24x7 helpline in foreign countries for Indian emigrant workers, especially women.
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi gave this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
He said the initiatives taken by the Government for better protection and welfare of Indian workers, especially women emigrants, include installation of a 24x7 helpline in the host countries, application of the age restriction of 30 years to all women workers and defining a minimum wage.
The measures also include attestation of employment documents for all women emigrants with ECR passports, operation of shelters for distressed emigrants, putting diplomatic pressure on persuading host countries to extend the protection of labour laws to the workers in the informal sector and signing formal MoUs for bilateral labour cooperation.
In response to another query, he said there were an estimated 1.5 lakh women household workers in the Gulf region alone.