The Indian Embassy in Riyadh convened a meeting of community social workers and volunteers yesterday. The ambassador notified the persistent problems faced by the Indian workers and seeked help in gathering information about the affected workers, according to MEA.
Information regarding pending salary, total years of service and desire to continue, transfer or leave is also being collected for each worker. A seperate team in Dammam is also in touch with the affected workers in the area. The official spokesperson of MEA, Vikas Swarup giving stock of the situation in Riyadh said that MoS VK Singh will be leaving for Jeddah tonight via Dubai. VK Singh’s on ground assessment shall determine the future course of action, he said.
Thousands of Indian have lost their jobs in the gulf region after the slowdown of its economy. With the consistent food crisis, many have approached the Indian embassy to return back to India.
Union Minister M J Akbar met the Saudi Arabia ambassador Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati discussing the issue of unemployed Indians and other bilateral issues.
Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj had earlier said that all the suffering Indians will be brought back and no worker would go hungry. India has requested exit visas without a No-Objection Certificate for all the unemployed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia and urged to clear the remaining dues of the unpaid workers whenever the settlement takes place.