Distressed Indian workers met visiting Indian Minister M J Akbar

IIK Staff Reporter; Photo: Anwar Sadath Thalasserry
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Large number of distressed Indian workers shared their sorrow and anguish with the visiting Indian Minister Sri M J Akbar at the Indian Embassy premises Tuesday evening.

More than 300 Indian workers from Kharafi National, who had not been paid their salaries for more than six months and has been living under desolate conditions in their camp, arrived in front of the embassy to meet and describe their suffering to the visiting Minister M J Akbar.

Minister M J Akbar met the distressed workers and listened to their grievance carefully and assured that he will take up this as a main agenda during his meeting with the concerned authorities on Wednesday.

Large number of Indian workers from Kharafi National and Bayan Company were not receiving their salaries for the past several months. The workers have become desperate with no salaries and no access to other monetary resources. The thousands of workers stranded at the company’s labour camps, have been suffering for past several months at a stretch without proper medical attention. According to the workers, many of them have already resigned from the company to return back to India. But the company is not giving them their final settlement. "We paid huge amount to the recruitment agents back home before coming to Kuwait. But here we are not even paid our salary and we don’t have any money with us," workers said. "Many of our residencies got expired and are living in Kuwait without residency. We have to pay huge amount as residency fine to leave the country now", workers said to the minister. "It is learned that from October 1st, the company is going to stop the mess facility also in our camp, God knows what we will do," said one of the worker. Workers from Bayan company also told that their passports got destroyed from the company.

Even though Embassy is helping us with whatever way they can, there is no positive action from the company side yet, workers said. Indian Embassy had raised this issue several times with the relevant Kuwaiti authorities, however no concrete action has been taken from the Kuwaiti authorities to solve the issue.

Minister M J Akbar listened to the workers grievances and assured that he will be discussing this issue with the Kuwaiti authorities and will try to find a solution for the issue. M J Akbar will be meeting Minister of social affairs and labour Mrs Hind Al Sabeeh Wednesday morning and it is expected that Mr M J Akbar will include this subject during his meeting.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Kharafi International is one of the reputed companies , I am surprised they have not paid salaries to the staff for last several months. Mr Akbar is there now in Kuwait and we Indians would like to see how he will settle the Indians problem. I know he is very capable person so have faith in him inshalla he will solve your problems.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
No doubt, our Indian External Affairs Ministry team of Ms. Sushama Swaraj and Mr.Akbar is very efficient and sincere. But we don't know how far Kwt authorities will be able to handle the situation considering the fact that the involved local companies are so influential and wealthy. It is a pity that some of these companies are trying for some bargain with Kwt Govt by using the employees as scapegoats. Otherwise it is just peanuts for them to settle the employees.

Resigned Emp
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I am a resigned employee of a reputed Company in Kwt waiting for 8 months to get my 'final settlement' which is the only saving for my future life. Embassy says wait for the mercy of the company or file case individually ........after waiting so long without pay, without accommodation & food. In this part of the world 'Vaastha' is the key player for some influential companies; so they don't care anyone. For them 'atha hindi' and they know we are so obedient people. But what is the use of amassing wealth by ill-treating their own employees who worked for them many years, sincerely !!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Dr.Ramaswamy...are you surely a doctor ??? the spelling mistakes you have in your short para are amazing..even the narrative has no grammar in it. Capital and small letters are weirdly placed... maybe you are a VOODOO doctor lol...

Bajrangi Bhai
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
@Dr Rama Swamy :
Sir everyone can't be Dr . like you. (of course Egyptians are exemption.....cleaners call themselves doctoor or mohandees).

People working in Kharafi are mostly technicians.

Maid,Deriver,Cleaner,WatchMan ,OfficeBoy ect ect.. are all humans and Indians no less than you.

Dr Rama Swamy
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
@Jafer Bhai/indian/lolguy, why your are Brining Western Countrys in This Topic, They are Developed Countries , first they will not send their Manpower to other Countries as Maid/Driver ect , if Send they will take such Things as Serious, Some times they will Cut The Relation also. See our People(Indian) work as Maid,Deriver,Cleaner,WatchMan ,OfficeBoy ect ect...... Indian govt should Keep the Eligibility Criteria for working out side, for work. Then only Our respect will be there.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
It is unfortunate that a reputed company like Kharafi National is treating its employees in such a bad way.

I don't know why MEA Sushma Swaraj was not approached so far to resolve this issue? She is God sent to all the workers working in Gulf Countries.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
What does he mean find an amicable solution? Why sound so impotent?
This has to be dealt with in court. Look at the way the Philippines embassy deals with things. They hire the best lawyers to look after the cases of their citizens.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Let's see now....what is the minister capable of ??? action or just air bubbles.. as Jafer bhai said...if it was China or Japan things would have been sorted out long back and if it was a western country...kharafi would not even dare think of delaying their salaries... i wonder how they will execute the New Airport Terminal as they are JV partners with the main contractor ???

Jafer Bhai
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Full sympathy to those 300 unlucky fellow Indians and their families.
Hope visiting minster will speak with Kuwaiti Authority in effective way .
At least on diplomatic level they shall respect India.
If the same case is with any western country or say China/Japan things could have been sorted out in few meetings.

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