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New proposed minimum wage for Indian workers in Bahrain

world Updated: Feb 11, 2008 13:14 IST

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The new minimum Rs 10,481 basic monthly wage proposed by New Delhi for unskilled Indian workers in Bahrain will be applicable only for fresh employment contracts signed with effect from March 1.

Indian ambassador to Bahrain Balakrishna Shetty told PTI that the proposal for new minimum wages for unskilled and other categories of Indian workers in the Gulf comes in the backdrop of the rising cost of living and falling value of various foreign currencies against the Indian rupee.

"Accordingly, the Indian government will take appropriate steps to ensure that fresh employment contracts being signed with effect from March 1 by prospective Indian employees with foreign companies will lay down the minimum basic wage of BD100 (Rs 10,481) per month," he added.

This is in addition to the free provision of accommodation and transport, according to the requirements of Bahrain's laws and regulations for the unskilled category, said Shetty.

The proposal comes after a decision taken by the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, which recently organised a meeting of the heads of Indian missions in the Gulf, he said.

The government will stop workers leaving India for Bahrain unless they have contracts attested by the Indian Embassy, from March 1.

"The Indian Embassy in Bahrain will increase the number of staff this month to handle the additional workload."

On the possibility of Bahraini employers looking for other labour exporting countries, he said the value of Indian workers should not be assessed on the basis of wages only.

"Indian workers in the Gulf have been highly admired for their discipline, competence, loyalty and productivity."