Indian Embassy in Kuwait has affirmed that recruitment of Indian nurses to Kuwait shall be done only by select state-run agencies. According to embassy sources, the restriction has been in place since May 2015 and is a step in the direction of transparency
So far, only state manpower corporations in India have been authorised to recruit Indian nurses abroad. They are Norka-Roots Centre, Overseas. Development and Employment Promotion Consultants in Thiruvananthapuram; Overseas Manpower Corporation Ltd, Chennai; UP Financial Corporation, Kanpur; Telangana Overseas Manpower Company, Hyderabad; and the Overseas Manpower Company of Andhra Pradesh.
Govt. also placed nurses under Emigration Check Required (ECR) category. The move makes emigration clearance through E-Migrate mandatory, for nurses looking to work in any of the 18 ECR countries.
Besides Kuwait, countries that require emigration clearance are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Libiya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, the UAE and Yemen.