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QUESTION NO.1092 DETAINED MIGRANT LABOURERS

December 03, 2021

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1092
TO BE ANSWERED ON 03.12.2021

DETAINED MIGRANT LABOURERS

†1092. SHRI RAHUL KASWAN:

Will the Ministry of External Affairs be please to state:

(a) the number of Indian migrant labourers detained in eighteen nations of West Asia at present indicating the reasons for their detention, country-wise;

(b) the number of complaints country-wise received by the Indian Missions in those countries regarding migrant labourers; and

(c) the action taken by the Indian Mission in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) About 3493 Indian migrant labourers are presently detained in West Asian countries on charges of accident, murder, cheque fraud, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sexual offence, robbery, illegal stay, financial embezzlement, drunken driving, assault, bribery, kidnapping, forgery etc. The list of country wise number of Indian Migrant Labourers detained is enclosed at Annexure-IPDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site..

(b) About 19200 complaints were received by the Indian Missions / Posts regarding migrant labourers. The list of country-wise number of complaints received is enclosed at Annexure-IIPDF file that opens in new window. To know how to open PDF file refer Help section located at bottom of the site..

(c) The Indian Missions/Posts make all possible efforts to help Indian migrant labourers in distress, through measures such as providing boarding and lodging, air ticket for repatriation to India, emergency medical help and legal assistance from Indian Community Wefare Fund (ICWF). The officials from Missions and Posts regularly visit Indian nationals imprisoned in jails and also make efforts to get the imprisoned Indian nationals released from foreign jails, wherever possible, by approaching the concerned Government auithorities of the host countries. On their release, Missions and Posts facilitate in getting their travel documents for their return to India. Moreover, Missions and Posts have 24X7 helplines and organise Open House for all Indian nationals to address their grievances. Awareness campaigns are organised to educate the Indian workers about local laws. Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendras (PBSK) established in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dubai provide assistance to distressed Indian nationals including legal and psychological counseling.

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