S Arabia approves agreement to hire Indian domestic workers

The Saudi Arabia government and its council of ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defence, approved Saudi Arabia's agreement with Delhi for recruitment of Indian domestic workers, including maids. Haj minister and acting information minister Bandar Hajjar said the agreement aims to protect the rights of domestic workers as well as their employers and regulate the contractual relationship between the two parties. The agreement also aims to organise the recruitment process and control the cost of recruitment in both countries. It also stipulates that such domestic labour have no criminal records, be trained in specialised centres in household work, and be educated on the customs of the kingdom and its traditions as well as the terms and conditions of the employment contract.