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Low paid foreign jobs to be discouraged

india Updated: May 14, 2007 03:21 IST

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India would soon restrict its nationals from leaving India for jobs in Gulf countries if their wages are too low, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said in Dubai.

Addressing a gathering of Indian community on Saturday, Ravi expressed amazement at people being paid as little as Dh300 (Rs 3,300 approx) as monthly salaries.

"We will not allow people to come on such low wages," he said.

The statement comes in the wake of reports that Indian workers were being paid very low salaries despite the high rate of inflation, forcing many workers to commit suicide.

Indian immigration officials would be asked to scrutinise employment agreements to ensure people leaving for the Gulf are paid decent salaries, the Minister said. However, he did not specify what would be an acceptable amount.

Ravi blamed much of the problems faced by expatriate Indians on the "craze" of an overseas job.

While jobs in India are also well paying, he said thousands of people were paying huge amounts of money to recruitment agents to land a job in the Gulf states.

He said a large chunk of these people get cheated by the agents who ditch them after collecting their passports.

To solve problems confronted by Indian expatriate workers and their employers, the Indian embassy and consulate will depute two members for a monthly meeting with the UAE Labour officials.

This appointment would be held besides the regular interaction at the Ministry level, the first of which was held on Thursday.