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Worker issues on agenda as Indian minister visits UAE
October 15, 2015, 1:27 pm
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Officials from India and the UAE will hold a high-level meeting to discuss workers' issues during Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry secretary AK Agarwal's visit to the country this week.

The secretary will discuss with senior officials of the UAE's labour ministry issues pertaining to recruitment and employment of Indian workers during his four-day visit which began on Wednesday.

Some 2.6 million Indians live and work in the UAE, according to Indian embassy figures. The embassy estimates about 60 percent of those are blue-collar workers.

The visit is being coordinated by the Indian embassy in the UAE and the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

The entire Gulf region, where millions of Indians are working, particularly the UAE and Saudi Arabia, is a major source of India's foreign exchange earnings.

Agarwal will also visit the Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC) in Dubai which is run by the Indian Embassy in UAE to provide information, guidance and counseling to Indian nationals in distress, through a 24/7 helpline and a walk-in counselling centre.

He will also visit the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) and a labour camp in Sharjah to meet Indian workers.

An official statement added that Agarwal will meet UAE employers who recruit Indian workers and interact with representatives of registered Indian associations in the UAE to brief them about the Ministry's initiatives and schemes for engagement with the Indian diaspora.

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