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  1. Sushma Swaraj takes control; relief comes to starving Jeddah

Sushma Swaraj takes control; relief comes to starving Jeddah

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that more than 10,000 Indian workers are facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia.

By: | Published: July 31, 2016 10:52 AM
indian-L Food distribution mission at Highway camp on July 30 in Jeddah. (Source: Twitter)

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that more than 10,000 Indian workers are facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia. Her response came after a tweet by a man who said around 800 Indians are starving for the last three days in Jeddah and sought her intervention.

Following up on this crisis, the official Consulate General in Jeddah tweeted pictures of food distribution mission and shared updates about the same.

Swaraj said a large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and that their employers have not paid wages and closed down their factories. She also appealed to 30 lakhs Indians in that country to help their “fellow brothers and sisters”, asserting that there is nothing “mightier” than the collective will of the Indian nation.

She also tweeted that VK Singh will visit Saudi Arabia, while MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, will take up the matter with Kuwait and Saudi authorities. Swaraj added that she is monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and will make sure that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia goes without food.

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