The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India has decided to introduce changes to the service agreements of housemaids being brought from India to Oman with effect from June 20, 2011. Similar changes have also been introduced in other parts of the region. The changes are aimed at protecting the housemaids from abuse and providing skilled manpower to the Omani households. The changes have also been notified to the Ministry of Manpower by the Indian Embassy. The issue was also discussed between representatives of the Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Omani Ministry of Manpower during a Joint Working Group meeting under the MOU on Manpower between the two countries last month. The changes are as follows:
- Employers will be required to produce a salary certificate of RO 1000.000 p.m.
- Employers will be required to provide a bank guarantee of RO 1100 while recruiting a housemaid. The security guarantee will be used for the repatriation of the housemaid only in case her employer fails to honour the service agreement. In the normal course, the amount is reimbursable to the employer.
- In case a sponsor agrees to release the housemaid to another sponsor, a new agreement will have to be signed by the new sponsor.
- 4. In case of an employer having more than 6 members in the family, more than one housemaid will need to be employed.
- The age of the housemaid will not be less than 30 years and not more than 50 years.
- When repatriating the housemaid, the ticket is to be booked by a direct flight to India.
- Salary to the housemaid must be paid through banking channels. Where banking channels are not available, a bilingual salary slip signed by both the sponsor and the housemaid will be necessary.
The Indian Embassy has requested the concerned Omani authorities to circulate the new regulations and to disseminate the information widely.
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