In­dia feeds thou­sands of Gulf work­ers ‘in cri­sis’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA worked yes­ter­day to feed more than 10,000 In­dian labour­ers stranded in the Gulf with no wages af­ter los­ing their jobs, in what For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj called a “food cri­sis”.

In a series of tweets, Mr Swaraj said the mi­grant work­ers were fac­ing “ex­treme hard­ship” and that two ju­nior for­eign min­is­ters will be sent to Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait to take up the is­sue with au­thor­i­ties.

“Large num­ber of In­di­ans have lost their jobs in Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait. The em­ploy­ers have not paid wages [and] closed down their fac­to­ries,” Mr Swaraj said on July 30.

“As a re­sult our broth­ers and sis­ters in Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait are fac­ing ex­treme hard­ship. While the sit­u­a­tion in Kuwait is man­age­able, mat­ters are much worse in Saudi Ara­bia.”

In­di­ans are among mil­lions of poor Asians work­ing in the Gulf states where hu­man rights groups say many suf­fer ex­ploita­tion and abuses, in­clud­ing non-pay­ment of wages.

The work­ers were starv­ing in camps with no way of re­turn­ing home, as Gulf coun­tries face a drop in oil rev­enues from falling prices, prompt­ing a down­turn in con­struc­tion and lay­offs. Nearly 3 mil­lion In­di­ans live and work in Saudi Ara­bia. –

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