The first batch of Indian workers stranded in Saudi Arabia has arrived in the national capital. The Indian workers in the gulf region had lost their jobs after the economy slowdown. After consistent food crisis and lack of financial resources, the Indian workers approached the embassy for assistance in returning back to India.
An Indian worker from Meerut had gone to Saudi Arabia in search of employment opportunities in 2008 and had to face a lot of problems including no salary for nine months, reported ANI. Another Indian said that VK Singh visited them and the government is helping the stranded Indians. They also said that atleast 10,000 more Indian workers are still stranded.
Earlier, Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj had said that the crisis of unemployment among the Indian workers has been ‘satisfactorily’ resolved. “I am happy to inform the House that the Saudi ruler has taken note of the plight of Indian workers… Saudi King has instructed his officials to resolve the issue in two days,” she said.
After India requested exit visas with No-Objection Certificates for all the stranded Indian workers, the Saudi Government had agreed to provide the same and has also permitted workers to attain re-employment.