India has set up welfare funds in several Gulf countries for its distressed citizens, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
In a reply, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said the missions in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have set up, as a welfare measure, Indian Citizen Welfare Funds for providing financial assistance.
The assistance may be provided in the form of medical assistance to the needy, air tickets for repatriation of the stranded, temporary accommodation for stranded housemaids and transportation of mortal remains of the deceased.
This is besides a facility for free legal aid for two hours, twice a week, to Indian workers for resolving their labour-related problems.
The minister said the missions are doing their best to address the complaints, despite shortage of staff.
There is a proposal for creation of 287 posts in the number of Indian missions or posts abroad, which include 87 posts in the Gulf alone, the minister said.