Swaraj efforts to rescue thousands of workers trapped in Saudi Arabia


NEW DELHI: On Monday India's administration enthused to vacate thousands of laid-off employees who are trapped in Saudi Arabia as its country resists with low oil prices. Large numbers of Indian workers have mislaid their jobs in current months and have neither the money nor the necessary outlet visas to depart Saudi Arabia. Officials also further conveyed that, more than 2,500 Indian employees staying in labor camps have gone without food for the precedent 10 days. Currently, New Delhi may airlift the employee’s home.

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India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj has conveyed in parliament on Monday that, our employees are hungry and thirsty there. They converse to the Indian Embassy to send free food to them. I am monitoring this for myself. They currently have food for 7 to 10 days. The difficulty does not end there. "We don't desire to leave them there. We have to bring them back." Some sources conveyed that the number of Indians who desire to return may be superior than the administration estimates. Reports also further conveyed that, it is probable that if the numbers swell New Delhi might consider the option of transporting in a ship. On Saturday, Swaraj plead to the 3 million Indians who live in Saudi Arabia to help feed the distress workers. She has also further conveyed that, there is nothing mightier than the communal will of the Indian nation. Most of the Indians are blue-collar employees, occupied in building work and low-level factory jobs. Saudi Arabia, with the major economy in the Middle East, has been home to thousands of migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines. But the sharp decrease in oil revenue has hit the country hard.

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On Sunday Indian community groups in Saudi Arabia dispersed vegetables, lentils and oil to the starving workers beneath the supervision of the consulate in Jeddah. Numerous Indians have misplaced their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as companies shut down their process because of financial difficulties. Construction companies, which utilize a large number of cheap foreign laborers, have been badly exaggerated as administration cut back spending on infrastructure projects. Shamshealam Khan, 32, was working an excavating machine at the renovation work of king's palace in Jeddah. Hailing from a poor family in central India, Khan enthused to Saudi Arabia in 2008, and began work on the palace project in December. Khan has also further conveyed that, only when I save and send money back every month, my family is able to eat contentedly and educate my younger brothers. Previous year, our corporation began delaying the salaries. For the previous seven months there has been no salary at all. The corporation shut down its offices a month ago conveying the administration has stopped all payments. Ten days ago, the cafeteria stopped giving us food, too. Khan has also further conveyed that, the workers complaint on the street.

 Ten thousand Indian workers are sitting idle. Many of the employees want to come back home but under Saudi rules only their employers can sign the papers to send them to India. Until then, the Indian embassy cannot subject urgent situation exit visas. Swaraj conveyed Indian officials are now persuading Saudi officials to waive this rule and also negotiate with the companies to pay them the pending salaries. Asim Zeeshan, representative of an umbrella organization called the Indian Community of Jeddah has also further conveyed that, imagine the workers' plight, many of them were just surviving on water and salt when we approached with the food packets. But now they have food that would last them at least a week. Vinu Ganesan, an Indian worker outside Riyadh has also further conveyed that, when some workers told their bosses they want to return to India, they were turned over to the police.