Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today appealed the stranded Indian labourers in Saudi Arabia to return by September 25. She added that the expenses will be borne by the Indian government.
Swaraj said on Twitter that “General V K Singh visited Saudi Arabia twice to resolve the problems of Indian workers rendered unemployed due to closure of companies there.
She advised all such Indian workers to file their claims and return home by September 25. She added that the government will bring them back free of charge and said that when the Saudi government settles with the companies, the worker’s claims will also be settled.
Swaraj also warned that “those who do not return by September 25 will have to make their own arrangements for boarding, lodging and return journey.”
Earlier the king of Saudi Arabia Salman gave instructions to help the thousands of Indian workers stuck in the Saudi Arabia, including giving them free passage back home. Minister of State for External affairs V K Singh interacted with important Saudi authorities.
Thousands of Indian workers lost their jobs due to slowdown in Saudi economy which was triggered by low oil prices and cut in spending by the government.