The Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh on Wednesday lands at Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia to take a stock on ground situation arising out of job crisis involving thousands of Indian workers, so that the Ministry could plan its assistance to the stranded Indians.
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However, The government have been given shelter in 20 camps to financial affected Indian workers.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ensure that none of the Indian workers abroad go hungry because they do not have work, adding that the government will bring back citizens stranded in Saudi Arabia after the companies they were working for shut down.
According to sources, 3,172 Indian workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have not been paid their salaries for several months but were getting regular rations.
Indian workers, numbering 2,450, belonging to Saudi Oger, a major Saudi construction company based in Jeddah, are housed in five camps in Jeddah, Mecca and Taif.
“Since July 25, the company had stopped providing meals to the workers besides defaulting on their salaries,” the sources here said.
Sushma Swaraj instructed the Indian embassy in Riyadh and the consulate in Jeddah to urgently provide food assistance to them.
“Accordingly, our consulate in Jeddah, through the assistance of the Indian community has been providing rations for the 2,450 Indian workers which should be sufficient for the next eight to 10 days,” the sources said.
The consulate, along with Indian community members, provided 15,475 kg of foodstuff besides cooking ingredients and 1,850 readymade food packets to these workers on Saturday.