Insurance not compulsory for Lankan maids

Updated 09 May 2013
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Insurance not compulsory for Lankan maids

Saudi employers will not join a social insurance scheme providing coverage for them and their Sri Lankan domestic workers, until issues over its implementation are resolved. This has been agreed by the island nation’s umbrella recruitment body after requests from the Saudi Embassy in Colombo.
The insurance scheme provides protection for both employers and workers traveling to the Kingdom for the first time. For domestic workers it includes payouts for death, disability, abuse and nonpayment of salaries. For Saudi employers, there are payouts for recruitment costs and air tickets if workers abandon their jobs.
The Saudi Embassy in Colombo had specifically urged the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment not to insist on the new scheme, the International Social Security Program, which was launched on April 2 for new domestic workers and house drivers.
Sami Attar Establishment is the local partner for the program in the Kingdom. The company also has an office in Colombo.
At a meeting held last week at the Council of Saudi Chambers, chairman of the Saudi National Recruitment Committee Saad Al-Baddah said his committee had earlier agreed on the implementation of the insurance policy.
However, he was not satisfied with the approval process. The policy should protect the rights of citizens and government agencies should have been consulted prior to its implementation, Al-Baddah said.


Saudi flag makes underwater journey for National Day

Updated 26 September 2018
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Saudi flag makes underwater journey for National Day

JEDDAH: A group of divers in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan province marked the Kingdom’s founding with an undersea tribute to the national symbol on Monday.
They carried the Saudi flag in the Red Sea at a depth of 88 feet — the Kingdom was founded eighty-eight years ago by King Abdulaziz.
The divers began their underwater commemoration on the tourist side of Jazan and headed to a site near the island of Ahbar.