Overseas Indian Minister to focus on labour rules in Bahrain

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Dubai, Oct 18 (UNI) Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, who arrives in Bahrain today, will focus on labour rules in the two countries during talks with the Gulf state's leadership.

Bilateral labour relations as well as the impact of the ongoing amnesty to the Indian workforce in Bahrain will also come under the spotlight during the Minister's three-day visit.

Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty said, ''Indians form by far the largest expatriate community in Bahrain, and the rules being changed will prove beneficial to them.'' The Minister will hold talks with Labour Minister and Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Chairman Majeed Al Alawi. He will also meet Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Labour Fund Chairman Dr Nizar Al Baharna.

Mr Ravi will be briefed about Bahrain's labour market situation at a luncheon meeting being hosted today by LMRA Chief Executive Ali Radhi.

The visiting Overseas Indian Minister will also brief the Indian community in Bahrain about the preparations for the forthcoming global conference of overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD 2008), scheduled to be held in New Delhi on January 8 and 9.

Mr Ravi will inaugurate a meeting marking the diamond jubilee of Indian independence tomorrow. The meeting at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam auditorium is being organised by the Indian Overseas Cultural Congress (IOCC).

He is also scheduled to address the Indian community at a public meeting.

UNI

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