Acting quickly after a news published in The Times of India reported about how some workers from Uttar Pradesh have been duped and are forced to live on a bus in Dubai, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj seems to have taken stock of the matter and has directed Indian embassy in Dubai to help them.
Times of India
The agency charged them Rs 60,000 to Rs 70000 each for visas and when they reached Dubai, their agent escaped and left them in a lurch.
I will ask UP Government to register a case against this unscrupulous agent. Our Embassy will help in Dubai. @eclipse1947 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 21, 2015
I will ask UP Government to register a case against this unscrupulous agent. Our Embassy will help in Dubai. @eclipse1947
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 21, 2015
Talking about this, the stranded workers told TOI:
“We were assured a pay scale of anything between 2,000 to 4,000 dirhams (Rs 36,000 to Rs 72,000) depending on our skills and qualification. But once we reached here, the ground realities were completely different. Here we worked as construction workers and the living conditions were unbearable.”
The group further told them that soon after reaching Dubai, their agent Qasr Al-Ameer disappeared.
After the construction site they were working at (near the Fujairah-Oman border) forced them to vacate their residential accommodation, they shifted to Dubai and were left with no option but to live in a company bus.
It was Pant who approached the external affairs ministry to help the workers return and fashion designer Juhi Khan who is coordinating with the workers and the Indian consulate to get their documents processed.
This is not the first incident that has come to light with regards to Indians facing exploitation in the Gulf, and according to Swaraj, a total of 7,432 complaints of exploitation have been reported by Indian Workers in Gulf.