India working closely with UAE to address worker issues

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India’s Ministry of External Affairs is working closely with the UAE government to resolve cases of exploitation and abuse faced by its migrant workers in the Gulf nation, a top official said on Sunday.

“We work very closely with the UAE government to make sure that every single case that comes to us is addressed.

“We run a shelter for domestic workers, especially women who have faced problems are rescued and put in the shelter until we can obtain their passport or issue fresh travel documents to them so that they can safely go back to India,” India’s High Commissioner to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navdeep Suri told PTI in an interview.

He said the Ministry of External Affairs is working actively with state governments to see how it can improve the scenario for migrant workers.

However, Suri highlighted that when one looks at the 2.7 million Indian population in the UAE, the percentage of people who face difficulties, harassment or abuse is minuscule, observing that it is not a country that habitually exploits people.

The High Commissioner inaugurated the India Pavilion at the WorldSkills Competition here. India has sent a 77-member strong contingent, including experts and interpreters, to compete in the event.

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“Skills is an absolutely critical area for India’s socioeconomic development. Our demographic dividend will come about only if we are able to upskill our people.

“The manpower deficits here (UAE) you see, India is perhaps the only country that can provide enough people who are skilled. The critical part for us is to acquire the skills, to establish ourselves as a major skill provider so that our demographic dividend feeds into the global requirement of skills,” Suri said.

Published on 15 October 2017

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