• Government has tightened immigration rules for women seeking employment in labour- intensive Gulf region to protect them from harrasment and exploitation.
  • Overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi told Rajya Sabha that government has taken a series of measures to protect interest of women including imposing age restriction of 30 years for allowing them to go to the Gulf region and some other countries for employment under ECR (Emigration Check Required) category.
  • The ministry has also made it mandatory for attestation of employment contract of women under ECR category by Indian missions. The missions will also have to identify the foreign employer before allowing any woman to go the region for work.
  • As per the guidelines of the ministry, a pre-paid mobile phone will have to be given to every household worker by the employer.
  • If the foreign employer recruits the worker directly, he is required to deposit a security of $2,500 (Rs 1.3 lakh) with the Indian Mission