Minister of State for External Affairs, General V K Singh, will leave for Saudi Arabia, to aid more than 10,000 Indian workers in the country who are facing severe food crisis. Union minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said in the Rajya Sabha that the Indian government has taken the issue seriously. “General V K Singh will be going there. He will register contacts, so that the unemployed Indias in Saudi Arabia get their due amount when they come back to India.” Sushma said that when she got the information about the food crisis, she called Consulate General in Jeddah and the Indian Embassy in Riyadh so that they could distribute free ration among the people in crisis.
Sushma Swaraj in a tweet said, “Please help your fellow brothers and sisters.” She also wrote, “We have asked the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to serve you food in Jeddah.” She said, “I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food. I am monitoring this on hourly basis. My colleagues @Gen_VKSingh will go to Saudi Arabia to sort out these matters and @MJakbar will take up with Kuwait and Saudi authorities.”
There are around 30 lakh Indians in Saudi Arabia. Out of them a lot of people have lost their jobs or they have not been paid wages after factories got closed down.
(with agency inputs)