New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday appealed to the Indian workers, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, to return to India by September 25 failing which they have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey.
"Gen VK Singh visited Saudi Arabia twice to resolve the problems of Indian workers rendered unemployed due to closure of companies there.
"My advice to all such Indian workers is that they should file their claims and return home by September 25, 2016. We will bring them back free of charge.
"Those who do not return by September 25 will have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey," Swaraj said in a series of tweets.
जनरल वी के सिंह सऊदी अरब में भारतीय श्रमिकों की समस्या को सुलझाने के लिए दो बार वहां गए थे. वह सऊदी अरब से वापिस लौट आए हैं. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
जो श्रमिक कम्पनियाँ बंद होने के कारण निकाल दिए गए हैं उनको मेरी यह सलाह है की वो अपने अपने क्लेम दर्ज करवा कर भारत लौट आएं /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
सऊदी सरकार जब उन कंपनियों के साथ फैसला करेगी तो आपके क्लेम की राशि भी दिलवाएंगे. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
क्लेम तय होने में समय लगता है. तब तक वहां रहना आपके लिए उचित नहीं होगा. इसलिए आप क्लेम दर्ज करवा कर 25 सितंबर तक भारत वापिस आ जाएं. /4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
जो भारतीय श्रमिक 25 सितंबर तक वापिस नहीं लौटेंगे, उन्हें वहां अपने रहने, खाने और वापिस आने की व्यवस्था स्वयं करनी होगी. /5— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 23, 2016
This is the minister's second appeal to Indian workers.
Earlier on Sunday, she had said when Saudi government settles with the companies which have closed down, the dues of the workers will also be paid, asserting that settlement of claims will take time and that there was no point in waiting in Saudi Arabia indefinitely.
Earlier in August, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government's intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities.
He had also gone to Saudi Arabia last week to resolve the matter.
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.
Thousands of Indian workers have lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy, triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government. The three worst affected companies are Saud Oger, Saudi Bin Laden and Saad group.
The Indian government had requested the Saudi authorities to give the unemployed Indian workers exit visas without NoC (No-Objection Certificate) from employers and also urged it to clear the dues of workers who have not been paid for months, whenever they settle the accounts with the companies concerned.
As per rules, no foreign employee can leave the country without NoC by the employers.
The Saudi government also agreed to allow transfer of Indian employees, who have lost their jobs, to any other company within Saudi Arabia.
As per rules, foreign employees cannot change jobs with permission of the company where they were employed.