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Stranded Telangana workers struggle for survival in Saudi

11-09-201911-09-2019 15:45:05 IST
2019-09-11T10:15:05.168Z11-09-2019 2019-09-11T10:14:58.096Z - - 21-01-2020

Stranded Telangana workers struggle for survival in Saudi
Over 50 Indian workers, nearly 12 of them hailing from Telangana, were working with a leading maintenance company which was doing cleaning and sweeping of city roads in Arar. The contract with Arar Municipality got over earlier in this year and since then workers have not received any payment and are struggling to survive.

The firm for which they worked is one of the top maintenance firms in Saudi Arabia and has corporate office in Dammam and, city cleaning contracts in several cities and town across the oil rich Kingdom. These workers were terminated on February 19, consequently their visas were cancelled but the firm failed to settle their benefits, provide pending wages and air tickets to fly back home. 

Narrating the ordeal, Arti Limbadri, a native of Kamareddy district said, “The manager had shown us exit-cum-visa cancellation documents and settlement amount slip five months ago but nothing had materialised so far.” Another worker Medi Lingaiah, a native of Mancherial district said, “Passing each hour is difficult in this harsh temperature where we have no power to run air conditioners. We have been living on alms given by passersby till they were provided food provisions by Malayali social workers in Arar. We have worked over six years and earned decent living but living on alms has been demoralising for us.”



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