Jobless Indians in Saudi Arabia queue up for food
Hundreds of Indians in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been rendered jobless and their salaries not paid after factories were shut down. India is...
New Delhi: Hundreds of Indians in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been rendered jobless and their salaries not paid after factories were shut down. India is arranging for food packets for over 800 of these workers who have been starving for the past three days in Jeddah.
The government has deputed Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh to go to Saudi Arabia to sort out the matter.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted:
Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages closed down their factories. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
She stated this in response to a tweet from a man who said that over 800 jobless Indians have been starving for three days in Jeddah.
Sushma Swaraj said:
We have asked @IndianEmbRiyadh to provide free ration to the unemployed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia. /4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
She said that while the situation in Kuwait was manageable, matters were much worse in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar would be taking up the issue with the Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities, she stated.
Sushma Swaraj said in another tweet:
I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food. I am monitoring this on hourly basis.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
Following this, the man who had tweeted about the situation in Jeddah, again tweeted pictures of Indians queuing up for food.
While Saudi Arabia has over three million expatriate Indians, there are over 800,000 of them in Kuwait.