Kuwait has approved a draft of expat quota bill to make sure the Indians do not exceed 15 percent of the total working population in the Gulf country. As many as eight lakh Indians might get affected as the National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has claimed that the bill is constitutional.

According to reports published in Kuwaiti media, the Indians constitute the largest expat community — 1.45 million.

Kuwait’s total population is 4.3 million, out of which 1.3 million people are native of the Middle-Eastern country, while the expats account for the remaining 3 million.

The approval has come in the wake of Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah’s proposal of reducing the percentage of expats from 70 to 30 last week.

Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem was quoted telling Kuwait TV: “I understand that we recruit doctors and skilled manpower and not unskilled laborers. This is an indication that there is a distortion. Visa traders have contributed to increasing this figure.”

The bill will now be presented to the concerned committee for consideration. As per the data registered in the Indian embassy in Kuwait, as many as 28,000 Indians are engaged in government jobs while around 5.23 lakh people are employed in the private sectors.

About 1.16 lakh Indians are dependents, including 60,000 registered as students.