Indian foreign minister to stranded workers: Return by Sept 25, or make your own arrangements

'Those who do not return by 25th September will have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey,' Swaraj said in a series of tweets. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, India Aug 23, 2016, 01.50 PM (IST)
Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj appealed today to Indian workers who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia to return by September 25, or make their own arrangements.

She advised Indian workers to file their claims and return. She also added that they would be brought back free of charge.

This is Swaraj’s second appeal to Indian workers.

A large number of Indian workers have found themselves stranded in Saudi Arabia after the companies employing them folded up. The workers reportedly do not even have money to buy food.

Earlier this month, Indian minister of state for foreign affairs VK Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after a large number of Indian workers sought the Indian government's intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities.

The Indian government had requested Saudi authorities to give the unemployed Indian workers exit visas sans NOCs (No Objection Certificates) from their employers and also urged them to clear the dues owed to the workers, who reportedly have not been paid for months.

As per rules, no foreign employee can leave the country without an NOC from his or her employer. .

The Saudi government also agreed to allow the transfer of Indian employees who have lost their jobs to other companies in the country.

(With inputs from agencies)