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QUESTION NO.1365 EXPAT QUOTA BILL BY KUWAIT

September 22, 2020

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1365
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.09.2020

EXPAT QUOTA BILL BY KUWAIT

1365. SHRI PRABHAKAR REDDY VEMIREDDY:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Ministry is aware of the proposed Expat Quota Bill by Kuwait;

(b) whether it is a fact that as many as 8 lakh Indians are going to be affected with this Bill;

(c) whether any consultations at the diplomatic and political level have taken place in this regard; and

(d) if so, the outcome of the same?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) Yes.

(b) The draft legislative proposals and reports of concerned host government entities on this subject are still under examination by the Kuwaiti authorities and hence the nature and quantum of the impact on expatriates in Kuwait, including Indian nationals, cannot be conclusively determined at this stage.

(c) & (d) Consultations at diplomatic and political levels are held regularly on the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two sides. This matter has also been discussed with the Kuwaiti authorities. The Kuwaiti side has expressed appreciation for the contributions of the Indian community in the development of Kuwait.

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