Dubai: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi is to arrive in Bahrain soon to finalise a comprehensive labour agreement with the country, says a media report.
Ravi is expected to sign the deal with Bahrain’s labour minister Majeed Al Alawi on 15 March, Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News said. The ministers signed an initial memorandum of understanding in Kumarakom, Kerala, last year.
“Once the final agreement is signed, Bahrain will become the fifth country in the Gulf to sign an agreement on labour and manpower cooperation with India,” Ambassador George Joseph told the newspaper.
A similar agreement with Qatar was signed in September 2007. The agreement will further improve bilateral relations and give better protection to Indian workers, he said. “Under the agreement, a joint committee will be set up,” Joseph said. “The committee will have the right to discuss any issue which has a direct link to Indian labour,” he added.
The agreement would help ensure the smooth flow of workers from India, as per the requirements of the kingdom. Another highlight of the agreement will be provision for joint recruitment and training of workers by both countries.
India has also already signed agreements on labour and manpower with the UAE, Oman and Kuwait.