Ambassador of India to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain has denied having knowledge of the exact number of Indians working as livestock shepherds in Kuwait, affirming the embassy does not allow its citizens to engage in this job for safety purposes and it is always ready to assist them whenever they submit a complaint in this regard, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to the Ambassador, it has been reported that some domestic workers are being forced to work as shepherds in desert areas and the outskirts even though they are on Article 20 visa and their sponsors know it is dangerous to their lives.
He expressed regret concerning death of an Indian shepherd due to thirst and hunger in an arid land a few days ago. He pointed out the embassy cannot assist those who are forced to do such work unless they submit an official complaint.
He reiterated that the embassy will not hesitate in assisting any member of the Indian community. He added the embassy has been warning its citizens for several years now to stop working as shepherds, because it is not part of the labor agreement upon which they were employed.
Following the death of an Indian shepherd in the desert due to dehydration, Head of Safety and Labor Welfare Department at Public Authority for Manpower Abdulmohsen Al-Munayes revealed about some special conditions of Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) for the laborers working in the field of shepherding, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
Stating that compensation will be granted for the death of any shepherd, he stressed the need for applying the insurance law on all employees of the private sector for the injuries and illnesses they sustain because of their work. “Since the victim was registered as a domestic worker under residency Article 20, Ministry of Interior will handle this case because the victim was in violation of the residency law”, he added.