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UAE may waive job ceiling for Indians

The current regulation does not permit a firm to recruit more than 35% of its employees from a particular country.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2005 11:16 IST

UAE may relax the 34 per cent ceiling on employment of workers of a single nationality in a company if negotiations between the Indian mission and the UAE government bear fruits.

India's Ambassador to the UAE Chandra Mohan Bhandari said high-level discussions in this regard were on between the UAE government and Indian missions, and a decision is expected soon.

"I had discussions with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as well as the Ministry of Interior, and I have requested that the ceiling regulation be relaxed. The UAE authorities assured us that they would consider the proposal, and we are expecting a positive response from them" he was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times.

He said The Indian Business and Professional Council has also submitted a proposal in this regard to the UAE government.

"India is a country with diversity and the workforce from India is also diverse. The Indian workforce has already proved their capacity, and is recognised as highly productive and hardworking. I feel that they should treat India as a different case due to the diversity of human resources," he said, adding he was hopeful that the UAE authorities would take a positive decision

The current regulation in the UAE does not permit a company to recruit more than 35 per cent of its employees from one particular country. To do so, a company has to pay a considerable amount as fee.

First Published: Dec 05, 2005 11:16 IST