No Indian will go to sleep starving, am personally monitoring situation: Sushma

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured the Rajya Sabha that she is constantly monitoring the situation faced by the Indians rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia and the government would ensure that no Indian go to sleep starving.
”I had assured the Indians present in Saudi Arabia through Twitter. Now, through the medium of Rajya Sabha, I want to tell everybody that no Indian will go to sleep starving. I am monitoring the situation carefully,” Swaraj said, responding to the concern expressed by members
over the issue.
Ali Anwar Ansari of the JD-U raised the issue of the Indian workers having been laid off by Saudi Oger, a leading Saudi construction company following the slowdown in the Saudi construction industry due to the fall in global crude oil prices.
Swaraj said, “The government has taken the issue of food shortage faced by Indians rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia very seriously. I am monitoring the situation on hourly basis. I am satisfied to say this in Parliament that ration food packets has been distributed to all the five camps for the next 10 days.”
She added that Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh will visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow to start the process.
On suggestions by some members that the Indian workers who had been rendered unemployed be provided employment in Saudi Arabia itself, Ms Swaraj said, “There are companies who have wound up in UAE. We cannot leave our workers there. I contacted their
foreign office and labour office. We have asked the foreign office to authorise us to bring them from Saudi Arabia.
“Their payments are also due. So, I have asked the labour office that each one of them will sign a contract. Before the company pays the government’s dues, they should first pay these
workers.”
She said all the formalities will be completed once Gen Singh reaches Riyadh.

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