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No need to be paranoid over new Saudi labour law: govt

MEA says 'there is an ongoing dialogue with the Saudi government on new labour law — the 'Nitaqat'.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:49:00 am

The Ministry of External Affairs Wednesday said there was no reason for the Indian workforce in Saudi Arabia to be “paranoid” over a new labour law — the ‘Nitaqat’.

The MEA’s official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said,“There is an ongoing dialogue with the Saudi government on this. Our ambassador has met the Governor of Riyadh,Governor of Easter province … and Governor of Madina.” He also said the mission has placed representatives in various cities to help Indians without travel documents to return. “We have not seen any significant increase in the number of people coming back,” he said. A R Ghanashyam,Joint Secretary in Gulf and Haj division,said,“there is nothing to be paranoid about. We should be concerned but not paranoid.”

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi is expected to visit Saudi Arabia to convey India’s apprehension about possible job losses due to the new labour law that seeks to reserve 10 per cent jobs for locals.

Five of family set themselves on fire in Gujarat,one dies

Five members of a family,including three women,set themselves ablaze in Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) office Wednesday to protest the civic body’s demolition drive,the police said. While one person died in hospital,four are in critical condition. The five walked into the RMC office with kerosene. While the security guards were busy handling protesters,the family set themselves alight to protest their possible evacuation from their home on common plot of the society,eyewitnesses said.

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