Complaints of Indian workers increasing

DUBAI — The growing Indian expatriate population in the UAE has caused a significant rise in labour-related complaints last year, a top official has said.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Tue 27 Feb 2007, 9:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:36 AM

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Venu Rajamony, Consul General of India, said, “The Indian mission in Dubai received 1,408 complaints involving labour issues last year. The number has almost doubled from the previous year which registered 760 labour complaints.”

However, he said the intervention of the diplomatic mission has helped to solve 1,310 cases which account for some 93 per cent of the total number of complaints received by the consulate.

“Higher awareness levels among labourers about their rights and the strict monitoring by the authorities could be the reason for this rise,” said Rajamony, observing that the measures taken by the UAE government to address the problems of blue-collared workers have a positive impact on resolving labour related issues.

The number of Indian expatriates committing suicide also witnessed a 10 per cent increase last year with over 100 Indians killing themselves last year, Rajamony said, adding that the consulate played a proactive role in combatting the trend by starting a counselling centre to help people who suffer from depression.

India signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE recently to address labour issues. The UAE Labour Minister, Dr Ali Abdullah bin Al Kaabi, visited India recently to sign the agreement that aimed at a mutual understanding between the countries to work together to settle labour issues.

Rajamony also said the consulate has taken up a number of compensation cases involving workers who have died while on duty. A total of 53 cases were settled last year, according to Rajamony, and a sum of Rs 203.5 million was received as compensation which was forwarded to district authorities in India for distribution to beneficiaries.

Disclosing the increase in issuing out passes for Indian nationals who approached the consulate without valid travel documents, Rajamony said the consulate has issued over 4,000 out-passes last year which is more than double the number in 2005. Consular teams regularly visit various jails for verification and issuance of out-passes for inmates on completion of their jail terms, he said.

He also revealed that in 2006, the Indian consulate issued a record 1, 23,470 passports, making it the largest passport issuing authority outside India. The figure is 20 per cent more than that in the previous year.

Meanwhile, the consulate has provided 126 flight tickets to the needy last year and attestation process were streamlined with documents being attested and delivered on the same day, said Rajamony. About 135 marriages were solemnised in the consulate last year, he said.

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