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‘India to bring back 10,000 workers from Saudi Arabia’

Swaraj says Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 1 2016 2:38PM | Updated Date: Aug 1 2016 2:38PM

‘India to bring back 10,000 workers from Saudi Arabia’

 The Centre is keeping no stone unturned to bring back the 10,000 Indian workers rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

 
She added that the government is also providing them food in camps.
 
Swaraj added that Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to start the process.
 
"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 ration (food packets) has been distributed to all the five camps for the next 10 days," said Sushma Swaraj.
 
"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," she added.
 
Speaking on the situation, Sushma said: "But their payments are also due. So, I have aked 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."