Thursday, April 4, 2013

India: No need to panic over labour policy

New Delhi: Amid worries that Saudi Arabia’s new ‘nitaqat’ policy, which seeks to reserve 10 per cent jobs for Saudis, would affect thousands of Indian workers in the kingdom, India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said there was “no need to panic” and the Indian government was ready to provide any assistance to affected Indian workers.
“We are in touch [with the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia] and we will review it [situation] tomorrow [Tuesday],” Khurshid said on the sidelines of an event.
“If somebody has to go to another country, he has to satisfy the rules of that country. But if there is inconvenience caused to any Indian citizens, then whatever assistance we can give, we will provide,” Khurshid added.
He said the Indian ambassador [Hamid Ali Rao] has been in touch and “has gone to Dammam to see that people who are in distress have access to him... We should not allow this to cause any panic. This is routine stuff in any country”.


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