Indians going to Kuwait for employment, study and joining family can now heave a sigh as they can undergo the medical tests at much lesser rates than was being charged until recently. This became possible with the Kuwait government exempting the Khadamat Integrated Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which runs centres at Mumbai and Hyderabad, from the responsibility of conducting medical screening process.
Instead of Khadamat, now the Gulf Approved Medical Centre Association (GAMCA) has been entrusted to conduct the tests. Since GAMCA has centres in Kozhikode, Manjeri, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, candidates from Kerala need not have to travel to Mumbai or Hyderabad now.
Recently Khadamat hit headlines after reports of the agency charging excess fee from the expatriates and also falling to provide them basic facilities.
While Khadamat charged Rs 24,000, the fess at GAMCA is just Rs 3,800.
Earlier in the day, the medical test fee for those travelling to Kuwait was reduced from Rs 24,000 to Rs 16,000. The decision came after Indian ambassador to Kuwait H E Sunil Jain held talks with Kuwaiti officials and health department officials.
It was reported earlier that the agency which had been entrusted to conduct pre-employment medical tests raised the fee from Rs 4,000 to Rs 24,000 in a single step. The money was non-refundable even if the candidate failed to clear the medical test.
As the Khadamat centre in Kochi was shut down, those aspiring for a job in Kuwait had to take the medical fitness test either from its centres in Hyderabad or Mumbai. Making things worse for Keralites, the centres lacked basic facilities and the candidates had to wait under scorching sun for long hours.