Govt Sends Food To Over 10,000 Starving Indians In Saudi Arabia

Sushma Swaraj assured that she was monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.

31/07/2016 11:09 AM IST | Updated 31/07/2016 4:25 PM IST
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File photo of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

NEW DELHI -- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured assistance to the large number of Indians, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, saying their situation is being monitored every hour and the government would provide them with every possible support.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj said, "Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages closed down their factories. As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship."

"While situation in Kuwait is manageable, matters are much worse in Saudi Arabia. We have asked the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to provide free ration to the unemployed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia," she added.

Swaraj further said Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh would be going to Saudi Arabia to sort out the matter and his colleague MJ Akbar would take up with Kuwait and Saudi authorities.

"I assure you that no Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia will go without food. I am monitoring this on hourly basis," she said.

Later, the Consulate General of India, Jeddah tweeted that they had distributed about 15,475 kilo of food besides eggs, spices, salt; and over 1,850 food packets to Indians during last three days.

They also tweeted congratulatory message, which Swaraj re-tweeted.

As per the government figures, an estimated six million Indian migrants in the six Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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