JOB­LESS IN­DI­ANS STARV­ING IN JED­DAH

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NEW DELHI: Nearly 800 In­dian work­ers are ap­par­ently starv­ing for the past three days in the Saudi city of Jed­dah af­ter los­ing their jobs. Min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs V.K. Singh is trav­el­ing to the Gulf na­tion to sort out the is­sue. Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj said that the In­dian em­bassy in Saudi Ara­bia has been di­rected to serve food to them and that she was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion on an hourly ba­sis. Her re­sponse came fol­low­ing a tweet by a man who said around 800 In­di­ans are starv­ing for the past three days in Jed­dah and sought her in­ter­ven­tion. “We have asked @In­di­anEm­bRiyadh to pro­vide free ra­tion to the un­em­ployed In­dian work­ers in Saudi Ara­bia,” she tweeted. Swaraj said In­di­ans in Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait were fac­ing var­i­ous prob­lems re­lat­ing to their work and wage and that the “mat­ters are much worse” in Saudi Ara­bia.

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