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Ready to help anyone hit by new Saudi job rule: Govt

April 01, 2013 22:56 IST

The UPA government on Monday said it is constantly monitoring the situation in Saudi Arabia following the Kingdom’s proposed implementation of the “Nitaqat” (naturalisation) law in its employment sector and help Indian workers there who could be affected by it.

The Nitaqat law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 migrant workers.

There has been widespread perception that the new policy will lead to denial of job opportunities for a large number of expatriates from India.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said whatever needs to be done will be done and that there was no need to panic.

"There is a meeting with Vayalar Ravi and E Ahmad tomorrow (Tuesday). We will review this and whatever needs to be done will be done. I think we should not allow this to cause any panic. This is routine stuff that every country does periodically. Whatever assistance is required to any one will be provided," Khurshid said.

He said the government is monitoring the situation through its Embassy and is ready to provide assistance to any Indian citizen who needs help.

"If somebody has to go to some other country, they have to satisfy the rules and regulations of that country. There is a discussion to implement the law. If there is any inconvenience or any distress is caused to any Indian citizen, whatever assistance we can give, we will provide," he said.

"Our ambassador has been in touch with us", the minister said adding that he is going to meet the Chief Minister of Kerala on April eight to discuss the issue while some MPs from Kerala met him today regarding the matter.

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