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Murari , interested in socio-economic issues. Aug, 02 2016

India is Neglecting the Indian Workers in West Asian Countries


Thousands of Indian workers, most of whom worked construction jobs, haven’t been paid in seven months. The Indian consulate in Jeddah set up a food line for workers near labor camps, passing out rice, onions, and cooking oil. Sushma Swaraj, the Indian minister of external affairs, said her government was working to help. The conglomerate Saudi Oger Ltd. employed many of the stranded Indian workers, and holds on to their passports, as is the case with low-income migrant workers throughout the Middle East. The company, according to some of the Indian workers, will only return their passports back when they buy a ticket back home to India. Until then, they are stranded in Saudi Arabia.
Thousands of Indian workers, most of whom worked construction jobs, haven’t been paid in seven months. The Indian consulate in Jeddah set up a food line for workers near labor camps, passing out rice, onions, and cooking oil. Sushma Swaraj, the Indian minister of external affairs, said her government was working to help. The conglomerate Saudi Oger Ltd. employed many of the stranded Indian workers, and holds on to their passports, as is the case with low-income migrant workers throughout the Middle East. The company, according to some of the Indian workers, will only return their passports back when they buy a ticket back home to India. Until then, they are stranded in Saudi Arabia.

Ritwik , Aug, 02 2016


Well, rights of Indian workers has two folds one towards the countries where they are working and second to the Indian government when they will return back to their home. The rights to worker in foreign country is governed by the rules and bylaws of that country itself and there is no question of interfering by India as far as rules are prevailed according to the normal working conditions promised to give by that country. Obviously, the majors of them are also written in the contract signed at the time of hiring. Now, when workers return to their home, it is the states duty to give them full opportunity and support to settle here comfortably. Now, again, as far as my best of knowledge, I dont think there may have been any case of discrimination taken place. They are and they will surely eligible for any kind of job and business that deemed fit according to Indias policy equally applicable for all citizen. Even, there are many alternatives that can be effectively channelized and used for settlement of business under make in India program.
Well, rights of Indian workers has two folds one towards the countries where they are working and second to the Indian government when they will return back to their home. The rights to worker in foreign country is governed by the rules and bylaws of that country itself and there is no question of i


Tarun Singh , Aug, 02 2016


Rights of Indian Workers in West Asian countries is much more than food supplies and Evacuations. While the above two are very important, it is important to note that Right to Livelihood is being compromised. These workers were very important contribution to Indian FOREX. Now, the economic crisis in these Oil producing countries has declined leading to lots unemployment. So, while it is important to appreciate the efforts of Union govt. in protecting the rights of these victims it is also important notice the failures of the govt. in not providing a permanent solution.
Rights of Indian Workers in West Asian countries is much more than food supplies and Evacuations. While the above two are very important, it is important to note that Right to Livelihood is being compromised. These workers were very important contribution to Indian FOREX. Now, the economic crisis in


Akshita Sharma , Aug, 02 2016


It would not be unjust to say that the current situation of Indian migrants in many of the West Asian countries is a byproduct of the inapt diplomacy India have had with these countries. While every other month there are news in media regarding the hardships of the Indian diaspora in these countries, Indian government has largely failed to work with counterpart governments to avoid any such situations. The unjust treatment including confiscation of passports of Indian workers by their employers, forced to work in inhuman environment, serious security concerns due to local turnmoils and little help from the respective governments have only magnified the problem. Indian governments reluctance to have a straightforward diplomacy with these countries because of oil-relations and major portion of remmitances by Indian workers in these countries have significantly undermined the safety and working rights of the workers there. However in recent time, governments initiative like setting up of skill labs in UP and Bihar is a welcome step in this direction. These labs aim to impart basic knowledge to the immigrant workers about the culture, language and working environment in these countries. The government is also encouraging all immigants to register themselves with local embassy as soon as they land in any of these countries so that Indian government has details of individuals to be tracked and supported at the time of crisis caused by employers there or some local unrest.
It would not be unjust to say that the current situation of Indian migrants in many of the West Asian countries is a byproduct of the inapt diplomacy India have had with these countries. While every other month there are news in media regarding the hardships of the Indian diaspora in these countries


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Aug, 02 2016


We must remember for all the self congratulatory messaging in our patriotic media, Indian diplomats have limited maneuvering in the international arena. There is potential in the India story but not much real current power. It is true that our diplomacy has not focused enough on this, but we must remember that there is still a queue of people willing to pay their life savings even as they choose to do menial jobs in the Gulf / elsewhere. The demand continues unabated inspite of all these stories and the obvious discrimination and 2nd rate treatment.
We must remember for all the self congratulatory messaging in our patriotic media, Indian diplomats have limited maneuvering in the international arena. There is potential in the India story but not much real current power. It is true that our diplomacy has not focused enough on this, but we must re