Kuwait tightens labour laws, 12 Indians return

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (IANS) A sudden tightening of labour laws in Kuwait appears to have landed Indians in trouble, according to a few Keralites who landed in Delhi, a Kerala minister said here Friday.

State Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph told IANS that they were caught unawares of the arrival of the Keralites from Kuwait.

“Twelve Keralites landed, of which four have gone their way and the rest are staying in Kerala House in Delhi. We have asked officials to arrange for them to go to Kerala and have given them some money,” Joseph said.

He said the Indian embassy in Kuwait also did not have details of their deportation.

“We have asked officials to find out if there are any Keralites in jail in Kuwait and submit a report,” added Joseph.

Meanwhile, an official of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s office said: “We have been told that there has been a tightening of labour laws. Those who do not have valid documents and even traffic violators are jailed.”

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