ersion="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> BNEW 3 India is demanding BD100 minimum pay Published: 7th February 2008

MANAMA: India is demanding a minimum wage of BD100 a month for all unskilled workers in Bahrain, including the construction sector.It will stop workers leaving India for Bahrain unless they have contracts attested by the Indian Embassy, from March 1.

The minimum wage will apply to workers already here when their current contracts expire.

The Indian government is fixing minimum wages for each Gulf country, according to the local cost of living.

It will protect workers from exploitation, inflation and the rising value of the rupee, said Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty.

Employers in Bahrain have already fallen in line with the BD100 minimum wage for Indian maids, implemented last October, he said.

Thousands of construction workers have been complaining of exploitation by profiteering companies, as well as being hit by inflation and the soaring rupee, said Mr Shetty.

"Our recommendation to fix a minimum wage of BD100 to all unskilled workers has been accepted by the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry," he said.

"If the employers fail to pay the minimum wage set by the government, we shall hold the recruiting agent responsible."

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