The Indian Consulate along with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have now come up with a four pronged solution to the crisis that is being faced by countless workers that have been left jobless amidst the immense downsizing done by the Saudi Oger as well as other companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Consul General of India, Mr. Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh had met with the Director General of the Department of Labor in Makkah, Mr. Abdullah Al Olayan in order to finalize these new proposed measures. As a part of the proposal for the four pronged solution which has been recently drawn up the workers that have been left jobless and stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will;
- Workers will be allowed to get their residence permit or Iqama renewed without any charge.
- Workers will not be charged any fees for the stamping of the exit visas on their passports.
- The transfer procedure of the sponsorships of these workers will be facilitated to the complete extent.
- All those workers who are willing to return back to their home country will be transported back home on the return Hajj flights as they usually go back empty.
The Consul General of India, Mr. Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh spoke to the media and stated that the meeting was indeed a positive one. He added that the authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have given us complete assurance that all the possible help will be provided to those Indian workers that are stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Consul General Mr. Sheikh has also stated that all the stranded and jobless workers can also register whatever claims they may have with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development regarding their end of service benefits and any unpaid dues that they might be entitled to. All complaints will be processed and looked into in due time.
Currently the immediate task which has been taken up is to take the best care possible of the labor camps along with the food and other necessities required by those workers who are stranded in the Kingdom. Several public agencies in the Kingdom, along with the municipality have been openly involved in the process of sanitizing the camps. The Spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry in India, Vikas Swarup spoke to the media and stated that currently in accordance to official records, there are 7,700 Indian workers that are stranded and located in 20 Labor camps around the Kingdom.
He stated that a huge chunk of workers i.e. 6225 workers are from the Saudi Oger company and they are located in nine camps spread across Riyadh. There are also six camps located in Jeddah and one in Dammam. The Indian Embassy located in Riyadh has called upon a meeting of the community volunteers on the following Monday, and the Embassy has given these volunteers forms in order to collect information of each of the workers that are stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Source: Saudi Gazette
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