Govt working to ensure release of Kerala nurses jailed in Kuwait: V Muraleedharan

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New Delhi: Following the Kuwait administration’s action against Malayali nurses, union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan Monday said the government is in touch with the authorities concerned to ensure that they are released soon.

“The related procedures are progressing. Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy are having talks with the authorities,” he said.

Sixty people, including 30 Indians, were arrested for working in violation of the residency rules during the inspection by the Kuwait Manpower Committee. Among them, 19 Keralite nurses were arrested after the raid on a private clinic at Maliya. The nurses did not have relevant licences or required qualifications to work in Kuwait, said Kuwait's home ministry.

However, the relatives say that all the arrested Malayali nurses were working legally in the institution. All have a valid visa and institutional sponsorship. Many have been working in the same hospital for 3 to 10 years. Apart from India, people from the Philippines, Egypt, and Iran were caught. The hospital is owned by an Iranian national and according to the relatives of the nurses, a dispute between the owner and the sponsor had led to the raid and arrest, it is said.

Unfortunately, among the arrested nurses five are feeding mothers. After the intervention of the Indian Embassy in Kuwait and the union minister, an opportunity was provided for the babies to breastfeed in the jail.

With IANS inputs

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