Distressed Indian Worker Returns Home From The Gulf, Sushma Swaraj Comes To His Aid

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4:56 pm 3 Jan, 2016

External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has come to the rescue of a distressed Indian worker, Kumar Akash, trapped in the Middle East.

Akash had returned to India following interventions made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Kumar Akash (second from left) with Indian officialsTwitter @SushmaSwaraj

Kumar Akash (second from left) with Indian officials. (Twitter @SushmaSwaraj)


He had gone to the Gulf region to work as a mechanic after getting his visa from a recruiting agent in Mumbai, but was forced to work in a brick kiln without pay.

According to Akash, whenever he asked his employer to send him back to India, he was told he would not be allowed to and he would have to stay in Saudi Arabia and work without pay.





The external affairs minister came to his help after she saw a video in which Akash, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, was narrating his harrowing plight from somewhere near Makkah in the Gulf nation.




The government had promised that it would extend all its help to Akash.

She tweeted:

However, this was not the first time when Swaraj has got involved to take up the case of Indian national in distress in foreign countries.

Last week, she came to the help of three Kerala men who were made to work in a hollow brick-manufacturing unit and were tortured by their employers. These men were promised highly-paid jobs in Saudi Arabia.

 The external affairs minister also responded to complaints against a placement agency in Uttar Pradesh that sent young men to Saudi Arabia with false promises.



In another case, Swaraj has assured help to an Indian family in Rome to bring back mortals remain of one of its members.

Dipasha approached the external affairs minister on Twitter that her father had died at a hospital in Rome on December 30 following cardiac arrest and that they were finding it difficult to bring back his body to India.


For over more than one year, Swaraj and her team have used Twitter to truly extend the scope of their reach. She is active in lending her helping hand to many individuals online, without any fuss or fanfare.


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