Nitaqat: Just around 100 workers seek return from Saudi


Siraj Kasim

The opinion poll regarding the future course of action desired by the retrenched workers yielded results that point to a refusal on the part of the workers to return to India unless they were paid their due

Kochi: Despite the high profile involvements in the retrenchment issue in Saudi Arabia, just around 100 of the affected Indians have shown interest in returning to the country, the rest choosing to stay fearing their benefits and pending salary will also be lost.

The opinion poll regarding the future course of action desired by the retrenched workers from the Saudi Oger Company, that was conducted by the Indian Embassy and the Consulate together, had yielded results that point to a refusal on the part of the workers to return to India unless they were paid their due. Many of them are doubtful of the promises made regarding the payment of dues even after return to India and refused exit visas.

The fate of the employees who wish to stay back and look for newer jobs is also in uncertainty. The companies have started complying to the new round of Nitaqat law passed by the government and many of the laid-off workers are sticking on hoping for new job through a change in sponsorship even though their chances seem bleak.

An expert committee has been constituted to study the problems of the community. The payment and compensation due is supposed to be handed over to this committee who will in turn distribute the dues to the workers. The workers are hoping for this money to come by as quickly as possible as they can then stay in Saudi for a while more and look for new jobs.

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