India, Qatar to sign labour protocol

India, Qatar to sign labour protocol

Dubai: India and Qatar will sign a new labour protocol aimed at improving the labour conditions of the biggest expatriate community in the Gulf country.

Eduardo Faleiro, commissioner for non-resident Indian affairs in the state of Goa, said Qatar’s labour minister would visit India on 21 November to sign the protocol which is set to improve employment and working conditions for the 200,000 Indians living in Qatar, a media report said.

The protocol stipulates new rules for the recruitment of Indian domestic workers and stipulates the formation of two committees in Qatar and India, which will meet and discuss labour issues.

“The additional protocol to the existing labour agreement to protect the interests of Indian workers, both skilled and unskilled, is likely to be signed during the Qatar minister’s visit," the local daily Peninsula quoted him as saying.