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.
I appeal to 30 lakhs Indians in Saudi Arabia. Please help your fellow brothers and sisters. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
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.
The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over Ten Thousand. It is not 800 as is being reported. @JagranNews— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 30, 2016
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.
Indian Consulate n Indian Community Jeddah food stuff distribution mission accomplished at 245 AM today morning. Kudos to all. @123nrs— India in Jeddah (@CGIJeddah) July 31, 2016
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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