Govt plans to evacuate 10,000 laid off Indians in Saudi amid food crisis


The government is considering evacuating about 10,000 Indian workers laid off in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, who are grappling with hunger as they have little money to buy food, let alone for tickets home.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said the condition in Saudi Arabia was worse and the government had asked the consulate in Riyadh to provide free ration to the unemployed Indians.

Sources said a decision on airlifting the stranded workers will be taken after junior foreign minister VK Singh visits the west Asian kingdom, possibly next week.

“Thankful dat Saudi authorities hv assured @IndianEmbRiyadh Exit visas of our Indian workers will be processed Wage claims will be registered,” tweeted MJ Akbar, the second junior minister in the external affairs ministry.

The consulate in Jeddah distributed more than 15,000kg of food to their distressed countrymen over the past three days in association with the Indian community.

“Necessary assistance continues to be provided to our distressed citizens with the heartening support of Indian community in Saudi Arabia,” Akbar tweeted.

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