Saudi agrees to help Indians, offers free air passage

Raj Kamal Rao
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj making a statement on Govt's efforts to rescue labours from Saudi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj making a statement on Govt’s efforts to rescue labours from Saudi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Rajya Sabha that Saudi Arabia government has agreed to issue emergency exit visas in two days to Indian labourers stranded in the country and has assured the government of their well being.

“The King of Saudi has directed all his officials to solve the issue of Indian labourers. They have started catering services. Food will be supplied from Saudi. Exit visa’s will be given to all labourers willing to come to India,” said Sushma

Swaraj who made a suo-motu statement during Zero Hour in the Upper House on Thursday said the Saudi government has decided to send labourers at their own expense.

“They will send Indian labourers on their own expense in their planes. We don’t have to spend a penny,” Swaraj said thanking the Saudi King for the gesture.

Union Minister V K Singh speaking officials  Courtesy: MEAIndia/Twitter

Union Minister V K Singh speaking officials
Courtesy: MEAIndia/Twitter

Swaraj said that Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh met with Saudi’s Labour Minster and sought their permission to evacuate Indian labourers.

“They have agreed to give jobs for people who choose to live in Saudi and pay pending dues to everyone. Saudi administration and Indian Embassy in Riyadh is registering the details of Individuals and their dues will be paid even after moving to India,” said the Minister

Thanking the Saudi King for his efforts to resolve the crisis of Indians in the gulf country, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad appreciated the efforts of Saudi King.

“Indian parliament stands united in thanking the Saudi administration for helping Indian citizens,” said Azad.

Consulate General of India, Jeddah distributes food packets for Indians starving in Saudi Courtesy: CGIJeddah/Twitter

Consulate General of India, Jeddah distributes food packets for Indians starving in Saudi
Courtesy: CGIJeddah/Twitter

Members belonging to state of Punjab and Kerala have asked the government to convince state governments to provide an alternative employment to people returning from Saudi.

An unprecedented crisis hit Saudi Arabia after prise have fallen to all time low affecting lives of many Labourers working in construction sites in Jeddah and Riyad.

More than 10,000 Indians are stranded in different camps after their companied closed down on going works and flew away.

Indian government with the help of citizens living in Saudi Arabia have been providing food and necessary medical assistance through Indian Embassy in Riyadh.

Government had sent MoS External Affairs VK Singh to negotiate with Saudi authorities to provide emergency exit visas to Indian labours so than they can be evacuated.