Come back to India: Swaraj to laid-off Indian workers in Saudi

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today appealed to the Indian workers, who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia, to file their claims for unpaid dues with their employers and come back home soon and said the government will bear the cost of their return.

"Indian workers in Saudi Arabia - please file your claims and return home. We will bring you back free of charge.

"When Saudi Government settles with the Companies which have closed down, your dues will also be paid," Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

She said that settlement of claims will take time and that there was no point in waiting in Saudi Arabia indefinitely.

Earlier this month Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh Singh had rushed to Saudi Arabia after large number of Indian workers sought Indian government's intervention in taking up their difficulties with the Saudi authorities.

He had also gone to Saudi Arabia last week to resolve the matter.

The Saudi government, then, had agreed to swiftly resolve plight of the laid-off Indian workers including providing them free passage to return to India and clearing their unpaid dues.