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Thousands of migrant workers starving in Saudi, one country unexpectedly comes to their rescue

09:59 PM | 1 Aug, 2016
Thousands of migrant workers starving in Saudi, one country unexpectedly comes to their rescue
NEW DELHI – The Indian government has come to the rescue of more than 10,000 of their starving citizens in Saudi Arabia after a man tweeted to India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and asked her to help around 800 Indians in Jeddah who had not eaten for three days.

India said on Sunday that it would send a government minister to Saudi Arabia to try to bring back more than 10,000 Indian workers who were facing a “food crisis” and unable to afford meals after being laid off from their jobs.

Low oil prices have forced the Saudi government to slash spending since last year, putting heavy pressure on the finances of local construction firms which rely on state contracts.

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As a result, some companies have been struggling to pay foreign workers and have laid off tens of thousands, leaving many with no money for food or tickets back home.



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India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said over 10,000 Indians in Saudia Arabia and Kuwait were facing a “food crisis” because of economic hardships. She also appealed to the estimated 3 million Indians living in Saudi Arabia for help.

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“Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories,” she tweeted.

India's Consul General Mohammad Noor Rehman Sheikh told a news agency: "For the last seven months these Indian workers of Saudi Oger were not getting their salaries and the company had also stopped providing food to these workers."

The Saudi government says it will investigate complaints against companies not paying wages and will fine them if proven.

The Indian government is now putting in place a plan to evacuate a large number of Indians from the oil rich countries.

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PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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