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No panic situation due to new Saudi job law: Oommen Chandy

PTI | 30th Mar 2013

Thiruvananthapuram: Saudi Arabia's new labour policy, which is expected to affect expatriate workers of the state, has not created a panic situation and India is trying to find a solution to the issue based on its cordial relations with that country, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.

“We expect to resolve the matter amicably as India has a good and friendly trade relation with Saudi Arabia,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

There was no “panic situation” due to the labour policy titled 'Nitaqat,' part of Saudi Arabia's effort to strengthen localisation of jobs. The decision has triggered apprehension among lakhs of Keralites working in that country regarding their jobs.

The state has already taken up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. It has approached Central ministers hailing from Kerala -- A K Antony, Vayalar Ravi and E Ahamad -- seeking the Centre's intervention so that Saudi Arabia takes a liberal view on the issue.

Chandy said though the policy came into force in July of 2009, “Now Saudi government had decided to strictly implement it, under which 10 per cent of total jobs should be for locals.”

Efforts were underway to see that there was no exodus of expatriates from Saudi Arabia, he said.

However, the government would work out a rehabilitation package for those returning from that country. Steps would also be taken to arrange for their air travel on concessional ticket rates, he added.

Around 5.7 lakh Keralites are working in Saudi Arabia as per a 2011 estimate. According to a report, out of the total population of 1.87 crore there, 87 lakh were foreigners.




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you people only worried about Keralites only the only keralites r working in KSA there was no other indians why you people don't think about other Indians change this A K Antony, Vayalar Ravi they only think about keralites
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the kerala ministers are all bastards !! they only work for keralites !! for them kerala is India and India is kerala !!! worst race on earth !!
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First it is panic situation,secondly majority of people working are not working under same employer as they came on free visa(just for a name) and surely they will be get arrested and lastly they will depot you on their (Saudi Arabia) expenses not like the above Mr.Minister said will provide discounted tickets.No any Minister is concerned about any expat nor he can interfere in any matters of SA. SAB BAKWAAS MINISTERS
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