Around 2,000 distressed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, who lost their jobs due to a slowdown in oil economy, have returned home since August, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
“As per latest data available, a total of 1,877 workers have arrived in India till November 11. The process is still on,” minister of state for external affairs V K Singh told Rajya Sabha.
In last one year, about 2,700 workers, who lost their jobs, were either rescued by agents or repatriated, Singh said.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has requested all the State Governments to provide necessary assistance to those who return home due to distress, Singh said.
“Ministry of External Affairs through its Missions abroad has facilitated return of distressed Indian workers from Gulf countries including those who have lost their jobs. This facilitation includes logistical support as well as providing air tickets whenever required,” Singh said.
In reply to another query, he said except Iraq and Egypt to some extent, there is no significant threat of losing jobs by the large number of Indian workers due to economic slowdown and “indigenisation of jobs” in the Middle East.
He said Indian missions in some countries reported that the governments in those nations are undertaking fiscal measures to cope with the depressed oil and gas prices.
Singh said the Government has successfully secured repatriation of those Indian workers who were facing distress due to non-payment of salaries in Saudi Arabia, after filing their claims through Indian Mission