Modi takes up problems faced by Indian workers in QatarJune 05, 2016
From Ajay Kaul
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed the problems faced by Indian workers with the Qatari leadership, who briefed him about the reforms being undertaken to protect the interests of the skilled and unskilled labour in the gas-rich Gulf nation.
Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, appreciated the role and contribution of of the Indian community for the development and progress of Qatar.
In his meeting with Modi, the two leaders “noted” that people-to-people contacts were at the heart of India-Qatar relations and both sides would continue to nurture these relations.
The Qatari side briefed the Indian side on the reforms in labour laws which would protect the interests of skilled and unskilled labour in Qatar, an official joint statement said.
The prime minister conveyed “sincere thanks” to the Qatari leadership for hosting the Indian community and for ensuring their continued welfare and safety.
The two countries welcomed the signing of an MoU for Cooperation in Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications.
Addressing Indian workers at a medical camp in downtown Doha last night, Modi said he was aware of the issues being faced by Indian workers and the companies that bring them here.
“I Am aware of the issues you are facing. I will talk about it when I meet the authorities,” Modi had said.
The Indian diaspora of over 6,30,000 Indians comprise the largest expatriate community in Qatar and are engaged in a wide spectrum of professions, including medicine; engineering; education, finance; banking; business; media and labour.
There are 14 Indian schools in Qatar, offering CBSE curricula to more than 30,000 students, most of whom are the children of Indian nationals working in Qatar. PTI
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