India says to bring back workers facing ‘food crisis’ in Saudi Arabia

Source: Dawn

NEW DELHI: India said on Sunday it will send a government minister to Saudi Arabia to try to bring back more than 10,000 Indian workers who are facing a “food crisis” because they are unable to afford meals after being laid off from their jobs.

Low oil prices have forced the Saudi government to slash spending since last year, putting heavy pressure on the finances of local construction firms which rely on state contracts.

As a result, some companies have been struggling to pay foreign workers and have laid off tens of thousands, leaving many with no money for food let alone for tickets home.

India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said over 10,000 Indians in Saudia Arabia and Kuwait were facing a “food crisis” because of economic hardships, while appealing to an estimated 3 million Indians living in Saudi Arabia for help.

“Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories,” she tweeted on Saturday.

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2 replies

  1. Bravo to India for looking after its own citizens and shame on Saudi Arabia for its pathetic Human Rights record despite being a so-called ‘Muslim’ country which is home to the two holiest sites in Islam. As well as the last resting place of ‘the Mercy to ALL MANKIND’!

    These Saudis are an INSULT to this Holy Personage (pbuh).

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