Giving Indian workers trapped in Saudi Arabia a final chance of getting back home, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked them to either return to India by September 25 or they’ll have to make their own arrangements.
She reminded that MoS V.K. Singh had visited Saudi Arabia twice to resolve the problems of the workers. This is the second time Swaraj is appealing to the workers.
It is noteworthy that thousands of Indian workers are trapped in Saudi Arabia after they were laid off by their respective companies. Saudi Arabian economy is going through a slowdown impacting businesses and the future of the migrant employees that make up most of the blue-collar jobs.
The Indian government had managed to convince the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to look into the concerns of the Indian workers and their dues. The Saudi Government assured India that it will settle the dues of the workers when it settles the government’s accounts with the companies. Since it is a time-taking process, the Indian government urged the workers to return. Under Saudi rules, a worker cannot leave without obtaining an NoC (No-Objection Certificate) from employers but have given Indian workers an exception.