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  • The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kuwait for cooperation on the recruitment of domestic workers.

Highlights:

  • The MoU will provide a structured framework for cooperation on domestic workers related matters.
  • It provides for strengthened safeguards for Indian domestic workers including female workers deployed in Kuwait.
  • Initially valid for five years, it has a provision for automatic renewal.
  • The MoU also proposes setting up of a joint committee that will be set up to follow up the implementation.
  • The MoU will benefit around 3 lakh Indian workers deployed in Kuwait, including about 90,000 female domestic workers and promotes bilateral cooperation in domestic workers-related matters between the two countries.
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