More than 10,000 Indian nationals laid off in Saudi Arabia are facing a “food crisis”, India’s foreign minister says. Sushma Swaraj said “large numbers” of Indians had lost their jobs in the kingdom, leaving them with not enough money to buy food. Indian consulate and community pitched in to distribute almost 16,000 Kg of food to the starving Indians. after being laid off, finally got some relief after the Indian consulate and community there pitched in to distribute almost 16,000 kilograms of food to them.
“Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. “The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories,” she said, adding that Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh would be going to Saudi Arabia to sort out the issue.
These workers have been laid off by Saudi Oger, a leading Saudi construction company. The community worker said that there has been a slowdown in the Saudi construction industry because of the fall in global crude oil prices. “Not only Saudi Arabia, it has been happening in all Gulf countries,” he said. While Saudi Arabia has over three million expatriate Indians, there are over 800,000 of them in Kuwait. Most of them are blue collars.
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