Sri Lankan authorities to improve standards of female domestic workers heading to Kuwait

Feb 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have decided to introduce a dress code and a wage hike for local female domestic workers seeking employment in Kuwait.

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) says that the dress code and salary hike will be effective from April 1st.

The SLBFE has stated that the new moves are expected to maintain dignity and class among the Sri Lankan female workers taking up employment in Middle Eastern households.

A Sri Lankan in Kuwait is currently paid approximately 60 Kuwaiti Dinars (KD) per month (approximately Rs. 24,900).

Foreign Employment and Welfare Secretary Nissanka Wijeratne has said the pay has now been revised to a compulsory KD 75 or about Rs. 31,000.

He has added that the Lankan mission in Kuwait and the authorities in Colombo would not endorse the contract if these criteria are not met by the agency.

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