India doing efforts to bring back jobless workers from Saudi Arabia


New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said in Lok Sabha that the Centre government is doing all efforts to bring back home all the 10, 000 jobless Indian workers from Saudi Arabia to the country and will provide them food in camps.

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Sushma also said that to start the process the Minister of State for External Affairs V.K.Singh will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The External Affairs Minister also said: “I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food. I am monitoring the situation on hourly basis. I am satisfied to say this in the Parliament that rations (food packets) have been distributed to all the five camps for the next 10 days.”

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She further added, “But this is not a permanent solution to the problem. The companies have shut their factories and left. We can’t leave our workers there. I contacted their foreign office and labour office. We have asked the foreign office to authorize us to bring them from Saudi Arabia.”

Briefing about the situation of jobless India workers in Saudi Arabia, Swaraj said: “But their payments are also due. So, I have asked the labour office that each one of them will sign a contract. Before the company pays the government’s (Saudi Arabia) dues, they should first pay these workers.”

The Indian workers have been temporary interruption in work by Saudi Oger, a leading Saudi construction company following the slowdown in the Saudi construction industry due to the fall in global crude oil prices.

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