External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that a large number of Indians have been rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will be leaving for Saudi Arabia to sort out the issue.
“Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
“The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories,” she added.
She stated this in response to a tweet from a man who said that over 800 jobless Indians have been starving for three days in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“Our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship,” she said in her tweet.
“We have asked the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to serve you food in Jeddah,” Sushma Swaraj said.
“My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is reaching Saudi Arabia to sort out all such matters,” she stated.
She said that while the situation in Kuwait was manageable, matters were much worse in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar would be taking up the issue with the Saudi and Kuwaiti authorities, she stated.
“I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food,” Sushma Swaraj said in another tweet.
“I am monitoring this on hourly basis,” she added. Following the minister’s intervention, the man who had tweeted about the situation in Jeddah, again tweeted pictures of Indians queuing up for food.
Meanwhile, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has tweeted pictures of food distribution by embassy staff to workers that began on Saturday.
Indian Consulate n Indian Community Jeddah in action helping Indians in Sisten / Macrona camp,Jeddah, July 30,16. pic.twitter.com/NLm5AzfeGa
— India in Jeddah (@CGIJeddah) July 30, 2016
Sushma Swaraj also re-tweeted pictures of Indian’s in labour camps standing up in queues waiting for their turns to receive food in Jeddah.