Indian minister to visit KSA to address workers’ issues

Indian minister to visit KSA to address workers’ issues

Gen. V.K. Singh
Gen. V.K. Singh

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JEDDAH — India is sending a minister to address the issues being faced by Indian workers who are stranded in Saudi Arabia after losing their jobs. Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj announced in a series of tweets on Saturday that her deputy Gen. V.K. Singh will be visiting Saudi Arabia soon.

Indian Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh told Saudi Gazette that there were about 2,500 distressed workers living in five camps: Three in Jeddah and one each in Shumaisi and Taif.

He said the consulate has reached out to the Indian community to help these workers. “The community has been very helpful,” he added.

Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “A large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages (and have) closed down their factories. As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship.”

“My colleagues @Gen_VKSingh will go to Saudi Arabia to sort out these matters and @MJakbar (Minister of State for External Affairs) will take up with Kuwait and Saudi authorities,” she tweeted.

“We have asked @IndianEmbRiyadh to provide free ration to the unemployed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia,” she said.

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


  1. This move is certainly a sigh of releaf for many. Thanks to the Madam Sushma Swaraj, Foreign Minister of India for her timely intervention.

  2. Kindly take up the matter of ESB of these workers. It is their money and their last hope..

  3. There are many more Indians siffering the torture of their sponsers for not receiving their salaries, commissions and other benefits. Layer they are forced to leave wothout proper justice. Indian government should take more care of such people to bring the matter in court and get the justice.

  4. Employer should pay the wages even if the company is closed for whatever reason. It is not primarily India’s responsibility to feed these workers in the land of Saudi Arabia. Before employing any one from abroad, the employer should assure to pay the wages for minimum of 3 years even if the company is closed down. Bringing workers from abroad is a serious matter and not a joke. Irresponsible act by some employers is bringing bad name to this lovely country.

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