Jeddah

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, appeals Jeddah workers to return to India by 25th September. Those who fail to return the country will have to make their arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey.

The external affairs ministry has taken keen attention into the issue of about 10,000 workers who lost their jobs in Saudi post-petroleum crisis. External affairs minister for state Gen V.K Singh visited the country resolve the issue and provide minimum facilities to the penny less workers.

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The government has taken steps to evacuate these workers providing special transportation facilities. However, few workers refused to return and thought to search for another job there. Many of the workers are waiting for the dues that the employers need to pay.

This is the first time government has imposed a deadline for these laid off workers. The issue was highlighted when an Indian sought help from the minister through social media.

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“@Gen_VKSingh visited Saudi Arabia twice to resolve the problems of Indian workers rendered unemployed due to closure of companies there.

“My advice to all such Indian workers is that they should file their claims and return home by 25th September 2016. We will bring them back free of charge.

“Those who do not return by 25th September will have to make their arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

“When [the] Saudi government settles with the companies which have been closed down, your dues will also be paid,” Swaraj said in a tweet.