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Indian minister optimistic on early solution to labor crises
January 13, 2018, 5:28 pm

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Dr. (Gen) V.K. Singh, assured the Indian community that the ongoing labor crises facing a section of workers in the community would see an early solution after two separate meetings held on 12 January with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Jenan Mohsen Hassan Ramadan.

The community interaction was held in the presence of newly appointed Indian ambassador H.E. K. Jeeva Sagar, embassy officials and a large gathering of Indian community members. During the meeting, Minister Singh emphasized that the Indian government viewed the issue of stranded Kharafi National workers as a serious matter, and would give all possible support to the employees.

Elaborating on the issue, the minister noted, “The issue is complex as Kharafi group is a private company and many stake holders are involved in this. But we now have a time line to solve this issue and we will be following-up on this. I am very optimistic that we will solve this issue.”

The minister added that he had visited the labor camp and met with the distressed laborers of Kharafi group, and he urged the Indian community to assist the efforts of the Indian Embassy in whatever way possible to support the distressed Indians.  "Many of them in these camps don’t have food to eat. I met people who don’t even have 1 dinar with them for many months," Minister revealed.

He assured the audience that the Indian embassy will provide help to the workers in all its capacity, and will work to resolve the issue, for which the embassy has been meeting with authorities for more than a year. "I urge every one of you to understand the complexity of the situation," the minister said, and pointed out that community should be part of the solution.

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