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Online attestation for hiring Indian workers

posted Aug 17, 2011, 9:18 PM by ABDUL SALEEM saleem   [ updated Aug 22, 2011, 10:53 AM ]
DUBAI — An online system for ensuring transparent recruitment procedures for skilled and unskilled Indian workers will be launched in September, Indian Ambassador to the UAE M. K. Lokesh said on Wednesday.

The online procedure has been devised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to streamline the overseas recruitment of Indian workers requiring immigration clearance prior to their departure.

The procedure will be implemented through a portal,, a first-of-its-kind integrated online platform that will link the database of the UAE Ministry of Labour (MoL), the Indian missions here and the Indian immigration authorities, and make the exchange of data among them easier.

The portal also outlines the labour and residency laws applicable in the UAE and important things to be noted before accepting an employment contract.

A joint venture of the Indian and UAE governments, the online system will reduce the chances of substitution or deviation from the employment contracts agreed upon by employers when they seek the mandatory attestation from the Indian missions prior to the recruitment of workers. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai provide the attestation as a permission to recruit workers from India only if the companies meet basic wages and benefits stipulated by the government.

Lokesh told Khaleej Times that the embassy would formally launch the online process in September.

“We are hoping to have the formal launch in association with the MoL by mid-September,” he said, adding that there may be a soft launch for a trial period to ensure that all parties get used to the new system before the official launch.

Calling it an advanced step in terms of labour welfare, the ambassador said the online system would lead to systematic storage of data which will help track any deviation in employment contracts immediately. “It’s a forward step in labour recruitment policies,” he said.

All foreign employers wishing to recruit Indian citizens as employees have to register their details on the portal. Companies in the UAE and project exporters from India have to register their detailed company profile to seek the attestation, which they have been doing manually till now.

Consul-General of India in Dubai Sanjay Verma said companies in Dubai and the Northern Emirates should also register with the new portal. “This system will increase transparency and ensure better returns for the skills of the workers,” he said.