Return by September 25 or make own arrangements: Sushma Swaraj to Indian workers in Saudi

Thousands of Indian workers have lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy, triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2016 8:44 pm
sushma swaraj, saudi, indians in saudi saudi arabia, saudi labour, sushma swaraj twitter, saudi unemployment, india news This is the minister’s second appeal to Indian workers. (Source: Express File Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday appealed to the Indian workers, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, to return to India by September 25 failing which they have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey. “@Gen_VKSingh visited Saudi Arabia twice to resolve the problems of Indian workers rendered unemployed due to closure of companies there.

“My advice to all such Indian workers is that they should file their claims and return home by 25th September 2016. We will bring them back free of charge. “Those who do not return by 25th September will have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

This is the minister’s second appeal to Indian workers. Earlier on Sunday, she had said when Saudi government settles with the companies which have closed down, the dues of the workers will also be paid, asserting that settlement of claims will take time and that there was no point in waiting in Saudi Arabia indefinitely.

Earlier this month, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government’s intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities. He had also gone to Saudi Arabia last week to resolve the matter.

The Saudi government, then, had agreed to swiftly resolve plight of the laid-off Indian workers including providing them free passage to return to India and clearing their unpaid dues. Thousands of Indian workers have lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy, triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government. The three worst affected companies are Saud Oger, Saudi Bin Laden and Saad group.

The Indian government had requested the Saudi authorities to give the unemployed Indian workers exit visas without NoC (No-Objection Certificate) from employers and also urged it to clear the dues of workers who have not been paid for months, whenever they settle the accounts with the companies concerned.

As per rules, no foreign employee can leave the country without NoC by the employers. The Saudi government also agreed to allow transfer of Indian employees, who have lost their jobs, to any other company within Saudi Arabia. As per rules, foreign employees cannot change jobs with permission of the company where they were employed.

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    Yakobi
    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm
    Do not come back and watch for your own interest, remember words of politicians have no value, they change their words faster then a hin du run di in a hera ma nidi, her clients.
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      arech
      Aug 24, 2016 at 2:34 am
      Good job done,madam alongwiththe General and MJA !!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Do not recall any such instances with the previous secular governments in the last 60 years.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Secularpress willnot be ableto report as TRPs donot improve with such humane stories.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The charra gun in Kashmir does improve TRPsand circulations.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bravo to the entire "External affairs Ministry" team and the leader - Mr. Modi.
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        S.Gonesh
        Aug 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm
        Hindus come back home. Join the Sri Seva Sena. After twolt;br/gt;years if no "accha din" get s root for the common-men, then Hindustanlt;br/gt;has no choice, but to declare itslelf a direct democracy with a divinelt;br/gt;ruler. The Emperor/Empress will be the guarantor for full employment, justice,lt;br/gt;income, education and healthcare for all weak-persons. This are some lt;br/gt;points of the Akhand Hindu Raj.
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          Earth
          Aug 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm
          Al-Haqabani, the Saudi labour minister, declared that several firms are now starting to pay the overdue wages to its workers. Moreover, he is also taking further steps into courts, with the agreement of the Saudi government, to force the other company (Oger) who did not follow the orders. lt;br/gt;The Saudi ministry of labour is fully concerned about the situation of the foreign workers on its land. Furthermore, King Salman himself had set aside what is estimated to be almost 100 million Riyals to help pay the overdue wages for the workers until matters get solved.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Aug 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm
            Please return countrymen on 17th September,2016, Modi's birthday. He had promised 5 lakhs job per year during his election speeches in 2014 . 12.25 lakhs jobs have been created so far. Grab one on first come , first get basis.
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