Ministry of Health’s Assistant Undersecretary for Allied Health Services Dr Jamal Al-Harbi disclosed that the ministry has changed the mechanism of recruiting Indian nurses and government institutions will be managing affairs in future rather than private sector.
Dr Al-Harbi said he held meetings with the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain on three occasions to find lasting solution to the problem. He said the procedure became necessary after the ministry received an official complaint from its counterpart in India indicating some companies were collecting thousands of US dollars in bribe from Indian nurses for their recruitment to scale through.
Based on information gathered from Ambassador Jain, Dr Al-Harbi said the Indian government has decided to delegate two government accredited institutions to handle issues relating to the recruitment, in collaboration with the embassy. He indicated the procedures will only involve concerned authorities and government institutions, while private companies will be cut off completely. He stated the officials of the institutions in question are expected to visit Kuwait by the end of April.
He added the Indian officials will meet with the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi and officials of the Legal Affairs Department to conclude the procedures. He stressed the pre-qualified companies at the center of the scandal and the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) are the ones dealing with the recruitment of nurses from Philippines and Egypt, but the problem surfaced in India alone, so Kuwait is not involved.