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Complaints involving Indians in Bahrain rising

Kerala Assembly deputy speaker has expressed concern over complaints involving Indian workers in Bahrain.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 12:20 IST

Kerala Assembly deputy speaker John Baby has expressed concern over the increasing number of complaints involving Indian workers in Bahrain.

Baby, who ended his Bahrain visit on Saturday, said better coordination between Bahrain and India was required to eliminate such complaints, reports the Gulf Daily News.

"The number of labour issues being reported are increasing, which is definitely not a good sign for relations between Bahrain and India," he said.

"The matter should be taken very seriously, which I'm sure (is being done), but there's more that can be done to cope with the situation," he added.

However, he said Bahrain was the best among other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on dealing with expatriate workers.

"Compared to the other Gulf countries, Bahrain must undoubtedly be appreciated for treating its expatriate population with better respect," he said.

Baby was also critical of the role played by Indian middlemen, who he said exploited poor Indian labourers. He sought strict action against such agents.

Baby was in Bahrain to inaugurate the Palakkad Arts and Cultural Theatre (PAACT), an association of people belonging to the Palakkad district of Kerala.