The phenomenon of bringing domestic workers into the country has increased by 800 percent especially after 12 countries banned sending their citizens for this purpose to Kuwait, which in turn increased the cost to KD 1,200 per domestic worker, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.
They lamented that the authorities are not doing anything to solve this problem while the government and parliament are planning to approve a law to establish a company for hiring housemaids from overseas.
The sources indicated that Ministry of Interior is preparing a study to deal with this problem and determine its causes. They explained that the Director of Domestic Workers Department at Ministry of Interior Mohammad Al-Ajmi has confirmed the recent statement issued by the Kuwaiti Embassy in Sri Lanka in which it affirmed that the cost of bringing a housemaid should not be more than KD170. Ministry of Foreign Affairs had officially submitted this document to the department.
In addition, the Charge D’Affairs at Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait Noor Anas has urged the concerned authorities to implement necessary procedures for guaranteeing the protection of the rights of housemaids, revealing that the embassy has received almost 500 reports of mistreatment against Sri Lankan domestic workers by their employers. Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC), during a meeting headed by Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh, approved salary increments for expatriate doctors of rare and necessary specializations such as cardiac diseases, surgery and anesthetists, reports Al-Anba daily quoting reliable sources.
They revealed that the CSC agreed to renew the secondment of 100 employees from various ministries to work in Bayt Abdullah Hospital and the center of Child Education with complete salary, adding that it also agreed to extend the work period of Dr Ali Al- Tarrah for one more month in UNESCO in Paris in consideration of his children’s education.
The sources said the CSC also approved granting awards to the employees of editing section in National Council for Culture, Arts and Letter and to employees of Public Authority for Industry. In addition, they indicated that Ministry of Health has approved the final amendments to the draft law concerning pharmaceutical affairs.
According to the amendments, opening a pharmacy without a license from Ministry of Health is banned. The license for opening pharmacies will be issued only for Kuwaiti pharmacists and private hospitals with a minimum of 50 hospital beds. A Kuwaiti pharmacist is allowed to get license for only two pharmacies but not in the same governorate.