India to sign bilateral accords for workers’ welfare

August 8th, 2008 - 11:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) India will sign labour agreements with Malaysia, Oman and Bahrain related to the protection and welfare of Indian emigrants. Besides, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs also will be proposing a Memorandum of Understanding with certain central and east European countries.

“Finalization of these agreements has significance in the wake of reports of maltreatment of Indian workers in the Gulf and other countries. The agreements are also designed to forge bilateral partnerships to expand overseas employment market for Indian workers,” said a MOIA press statement.

While the government has already finalised social security agreements with Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, negotiations are on with France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Norway and Cyprus. The first bilateral social security agreement was signed with Belgium.

“The agreement protects the interests of expatriate workers by providing for exemption from social security contribution, allowing exportability of pension etc,” the statement added.

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