MP Kamel Al-Awadhi, who was director of the immigration department, asked that the Interior Ministry enact a suspension on all residency transactions for the Indian community. Awadhi has been campaigning against the Indian embassy’s stipulations for Kuwaitis to bring in domestic helpers to the country for some time and recently, called on the interior ministry to halt family visits for Indians living in Kuwait, though he insists he respects the Indian community.
The Indian embassy passed the decision following cases of abuse and non-payment of salaries, passing a decision where a deposit KD 700 was required to hire Indian domestic helpers. Awadhi argued that the Kuwaiti authorities should not allow the Indian embassy to behave as a court and should instead let disputes be resolved by the Kuwaiti judiciary.
Awadhi made the statements yesterday in response to the foreign ministry's answer that it was not within its authority in response to questions about the Indian embassy’s behavior. To which Awadhi said that the embassy's demand for a deposit from Kuwaitis was a violation of Kuwait’s sovereignty.