Indian Minister V K Singh interacted with distressed Indian workers at Kharafi Company

IIK Staff Reporte; Photo: Anwar Sadath Thalasserry
Friday, January 12, 2018

Large number of Indian workers met the visiting India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Dr (Gen) V K Singh to address and to seek an immediate solution for the long pending issues of unpaid salary and settlement with the company.

Minister, who was in Kuwait to discuss this issue with the Kuwaiti authorities, interacted with the workers of the company and assured that the government of India will do whatever possible to solve the issue.

Earlier Minister visited the Kharafi camp to meet the distressed workers. Evening the workers of other camps gathered at the Embassy to meet the minister. On both occasion, Minister briefed the workers about the outcome of his meeting with the Kuwaiti authorities.



Large number of workers residency with the company had expired and the company was not ready to renew the residency. This resulted in huge amount as residency fine for those workers who are not getting their salary for the past several months. Minister VK Singh said that he had taken up this point with the Kuwaiti authorities and requested the Kuwaiti government to wave of this fine and allows the Indian workers to leave the country without paying the fine as the residency expired not because of the fault of the workers. Kuwaiti side assured that the Kuwaiti government will discuss this in the cabinet to get the appropriate action.

India Government also repeatedly urged the Kuwaiti side to look into the issue of pending salary and take the legal proceeding to get the pending amount to settle the unpaid salary and pending settlement of the distressed labourers. Minister assured the workers that they had set a time line and will follow-up it on a continuous basis.



Minister also assured the people that the embassy and India government will do all arrangements for those who can go back to India regarding the air transportation and ticket. Embassy had already given air ticket to many who were able to leave the country.

Later in the evening, minister interacted with the Indian community and urged the Indian community to come forward and get in touch with the embassy to support the people in distress.



"I visited the camp and interacted with the distressed labours of Kharafi group. 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 said. "My appeal to the Indian community is to come forward and assist the Indian Embassy in whatever way possible to support the distressed Indians," he added.

"We understood that the issue is complex as it involves various stake holders. Kharafi group is a private company and many stake holders are involved in this. But we had given a time line to solve this issue and we will follow-up this. I am very optimistic and we will solve this issue", Minister said.

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lolguy
Sunday, January 14, 2018
"My appeal to the Indian community is to come forward and assist the Indian Embassy in whatever way possible to support the distressed Indians," he added.

So basically his trip was just a waste of the Indian taxpayers money. The government has cannot do anything and is asking the local community to help.

As Emp rightly said, the core issue is being diverted away from non payment of dues and is being highlighted as a residency issue.

indian
Sunday, January 14, 2018
what happened to the last officer who came for the same purpose and same type of pictures where splashed in the same silly news articles... some one rightly said...we are not a western country and believe in Gandhian principles...so no one is afraid of us or our government. LOL...( it' lots of love NOT laugh out loud )

deepak
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Visiting of V K singh does not help solving the problem.I feel our Indian govt and embassies thru out the world is very weak. We have to be strong otherwise having only embassies who is helpless does not mean anything to Indians. Can they do such things with europe, usa and etc countries what they do with India, ofcourse they cannot because they are scared of those countries and we are felt as beggars although we dont owe them but they owe us.

Emp
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Anyway Company succeeded in diverting the attention of all involved parties & employees by dragging the situation to different level. Now the core issue of payment & money is forgotten and the discussion is about Residency stamping/ penalty / camp/ Food / Medicine etc !!! Also people got frustrated and want to go back.

Stanley Pereira
Saturday, January 13, 2018
THE REAL EMPLOYEE STORY..Despite the best efforts of Indian Govt for the past one & half year, there is no major change in the situation. Resigned employees are waiting (unpaid) almost 10 months for their 'service benefits' & pending salary. Instead of ill-treating the employees for such long duration, company could have clearly mentioned about their limitations (if any). Every month we were told to come next month for the money. While waiting, majority wasted their money, health & future career opportunities which cannot be compensated by company. Now, our Embassy should help us legally to get our pending money including the payment for the 'waited period'.

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Leslie
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Kuwait and Indian govt will not do anything. Contact

Lawyer
Human Rights organization
Member of Parliament, Kuwait


amit
Saturday, January 13, 2018
indian govt should help everyone. especially indian embassy should be strong like philipine embassy. we came here to work , but not to be slave. all the indian embassy officials,please be strong and make our embassy the best in kuwait. so that no one can touch us.we ,indian citizens are with you all the time.

Mscm Nair
Friday, January 12, 2018
Embassy should arrange a relief fund, to which contributions can be made through KNet.

Fredrick Mendonca
Friday, January 12, 2018
Bhaghavo uskho kuch hone wala nayhie hai medea ke liyhe atha hai kuch karkhe dekhawo achha k akhe jatha haie paise ke liyhe ayaha hai militry wala kya jane majdoor ka dard

Santhosh Kumar
Friday, January 12, 2018
Very good job sir plz help Indians brothers

Leticia Jaluag Culi
Friday, January 12, 2018
Hopefully everything will be settled..

Bhuvan Reddy
Friday, January 12, 2018
Plz take proper steps to send back India immediately.

Gadre Dattatray
Friday, January 12, 2018
Be hopefully if some one doing bravely let him. Ministers can not remove money from Kuwaiti Govt. Pocket or Kharaffi Management. Have the patience all my friends.

Kiran Chunchu
Friday, January 12, 2018
simply put indian govt cannot do,anything,please get out from here at ur risk/expanse.indian govt has just deep condolescence/concern which is of no use at this miserable times.

Jojimon Joy
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Minister came and make an big meeting at Indian embassy inside the hall with specially invited people and those are struggled they were out side the meeting hall and they stand an open area in heavy cold and wind. Minister said to them after the meeting we need more time to sort out this issues and requested to all associations to help the suffering people ....No action No solution.

It’s our great Indian Government

Haridasnair
Friday, January 12, 2018
Indian authorities should consult with Kuwait government a way to send the stranded people to get back to their home and embassy with the help of communities and with their welfare fund should provide them the tickets
This company was one of the pioneer company in Kuwait and both the government representatives should tackle amicably the situation
All the best

MARW- WAGLE
Friday, January 12, 2018
WORK KEPT ALL IN THE NAME INDEMNITY HOPE

diago
Friday, January 12, 2018
We have various associations who help people back home but here are countrymen are suffering. Please i ask all association to help the people who are here and suffering rather then people back home who are happy.

ex employee
Friday, January 12, 2018
will see this visit to help to our people ? or just time pass for minister!

deepak
Friday, January 12, 2018
Respected sir, it is not the question going back to the country, but it is the question of employees who have not get their salaries and dues which company is holding. They became illegal because their company has not renewed their residence even though they know they did this due to the company has no interest in paying their dues. They stayed there illegal in the hope of Indian Govt to help them and hope you will help them as they have complete right for the dues which they are entitled before leaving this country.

Resigned Emp
Friday, January 12, 2018
Despite the best efforts of Indian Govt for the past one & half year, there is no major change in the situation. Resigned employees are waiting (unpaid) almost 10 months for their 'service benefits' & pending salary. Instead of ill-treating the employees for such long duration, company could have clearly mentioned about their limitations (if any). Every month we were told to come next month for the money. While waiting, majority wasted their money, health & future career opportunities which cannot be compensated by company. Now, our Embassy should help us legally to get our pending money including the payment for the 'waited period'.

crying xpat
Friday, January 12, 2018
after attending the meeting I lost my hope that we are not going to get pending salaries and settlement.

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