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Ordeal of 79 stranded Indian nurses ends

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Kuwait City: The ordeal of 79 Indian nurses stranded in Kuwait for the last two years without jobs or residence (iqamas) has ended after the government legalised their situation and completed the formalities for employment at health ministry hospitals.

“Out of 79 nurses, 70 will be joining various health ministry hospitals in the coming week. The employment of the others is in different stages of processing,” said an Indian Embassy official.

The aggrieved nurses had raised the issue with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Kuwait in October.

The minister discussed the matter with top authorities in Kuwait including Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah. After talks with the officials, Swaraj had said she expected a speedy resolution to this “compassionate and serious” issue.

The health ministry had signed a contract with 80 nurses from India in 2015, who reached Kuwait in early 2016.

Although, they were assigned to various hospitals, the Civil Service Commission cancelled their appointments over alleged financial irregularities in recruitment.

Since then, 79 nurses remained virtually in limbo, while one managed to leave the country.

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