The Kuwaiti government on Tuesday declared that it wouldn’t levy any penalty on Indian nationals who were over-staying at Kuwait, following a non-payment of salaries. The amnesty has been conceded from January 29 to February 22.
The fine for overstaying in Kuwait is two Kuwaiti Dinars, i.e. Rs 424, every day. The unpaid labourers, who had overstayed in Kuwait to demand their salaries, couldn’t afford to pay the fine.
The amnesty offered by the Kuwaiti government comes in the wake of VK Singh’s visit to the country. The Union Minister of State for External Affair took up this issue with the Kuwaiti minister, to address the problem of those who had not been paid by the Kharafi National Company. He also asked to defer the penalty for the individuals who needed to come back to India.
An employee, Naresh Naidu, who was working with Kharifi National and had stretched out his stay to request his salary dues, is one among those quick to make utilisation of the amnesty. Naidu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, said to Times of India that he went to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait and presented his points of interest with the goal that he could return home. “I found many workers from Telugu states eager to return home,” he said.
The reprieve likewise implies that the labourers can indeed go back to Kuwait lawfully to take up jobs. Additionally, Indian labourers workers with Kharafi National and the people who had quit when pay was being denied have allegedly gotten an offer from the company again.
However, many labourers did not respond to the offer as they want all of their due to be cleared. Some are making use of the amnesty to return without pay, as they are desperate to go back to their families in India and would prefer not to endure more uncertainty.