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India to propose a grievance redressal mechanism in Saudi

To ensure safety of its workers in Saudi Arabia and protect them from exploitation, India will soon propose a grievance redressal mechanism.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2010 09:58 IST

To ensure safety of its workers in Saudi Arabia and protect them from exploitation, India will soon propose a grievance redressal mechanism.

"The system of grievance redressal will be better than the umbrella agreement, which has been signed by a few Gulf States which the Kingdom is still reluctant to endorse," newly appointed Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom Talmiz Ahmad has said.

Ahmad said that the community welfare, especially the grievances of blue-collar workers, would be at the top of his mission's agenda.

Ahmad said he is comfortable with the Kingdom's reluctance on signing the standard labour accord, provided an arrangement is put in place for grievance redressal.

"This will help the mission convey information with regards to labour problems and solve them with the help of Saudi officials," he said.

Saudi Arabia has more than 1.7 million Indian workers.

On the bilateral front, Ahmad said the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia would create opportunities and provide a road map on how to further strengthen relations.