MoS V K Singh in Saudi Arabia to help jobless Indians


Union Minister VK Singh at an Indian workers camp in Jeddah. (Source: ANI)

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh has again gone to Saudi Arabia to help thousands of laid-off Indian workers either to return to India or seek alternative employment in the Gulf nation which is faced with severe economic slowdown that has forced companies to retrench work force.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said purpose of Singh’s visit was to resolve issues being faced by Indian workers wanting to come back home or find alternative employment in Saudi Arabia. Indians employed with Saudi Oger, Saudi-bin Laden and Saad Group are facing major difficulties and they have no other option but to return to India.

“No other option is available to Indian workers belonging to these three companies. MoS VK Singh is in Saudi Arabia right now as there are some issues which need to be addressed so that the retrenched workers either seek alternative employment or return to India,” said Swarup.

Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia earlier this month after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government’s intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities. The Saudi government, then, had agreed to swiftly resolve plight of the laid-off Indian workers including providing them free passage to return to India and clearing their unpaid dues.

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