India, S Arabia to hold talks on May 9
Issues involving Indian migrants and delay in repatriating bodies of expatriates would be discussed.india Updated: May 08, 2006 12:06 IST
Labour issues involving Indian migrants and delay in repatriating bodies of expatriates would come up during talks Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi would have with the Saudi Labour Minister on Tuesday.
The Indian minister, who arrived in Saudi Arabia after visiting Bahrain and the UAE where he looked into the problems of millions of Indians working in Gulf countries, said he was aware of the problems of his countrymen working abroad.
Ravi is set to meet Saudi Minister of Labour Ghazi Al-Gosaibi on Tuesday. Some of the problems relate to labour contracts being not fulfilled and delays in repatriating the bodies of expatriates.
"While the community has to abide by the law of the land, we'll be suggesting (to authorities) that unreasonable delays in repatriating the bodies of dead Indians should be avoided," the Minister told reporters in Jeddah on Sunday.
"A major problem facing our workers is the fraudulent manner in which they are recruited in India," he said, adding that his immediate priority was to streamline the recruitment system and check or prevent fraud".
"One of the measures that is being proposed is to amend the 1983 Immigration Act to check fraudulent recruitment," he said and mentioned that various measures proposed would also take care of mistreatment of maids that is being complained about in the Gulf.