The trial of 79 Indian nurses was living helpless in Kuwait for the past two years without work or iqamas ended, after the government approved their residence and completed the formalities for employment at health ministry hospitals. The nurses sounded optimistic that they will be able to move on, putting two years of traumatic experiences behind them.
“Out of 79 nurses, 70 will be joining various health ministry hospitals by next week. The employment of the others is in various stages of processing,” said an Indian embassy official. The distressed nurses raised the issue with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Kuwait in October. The minister discussed the matter with the top authorities in Kuwait including Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.
The health ministry signed a contract with the 80 nurses in 2015, who reached Kuwait in early 2016. Although, they were assigned to various hospitals, the Civil Service Commission cancelled their appointments over alleged financial irregularities in recruitment. Since then, 79 nurses remained virtually in limbo without jobs or residencies, while one managed to leave the country.
“We took the matter very seriously and pursued it relentlessly to find an early solution to the problem. We held several rounds of discussions with officials in the foreign, social affairs and labor and interior ministries before reaching a solution,” the embassy official added.
Courtesy: Kuwait Times