No move to abolish sponsorship law, says Saudi minister

Saudi Arabia, home to more than two million Indian workers, is not planning any radical changes to the current sponsorship system for foreigners, Labour Minister Adel Fakieh has said.

Dubai: Saudi Arabia, home to more than two million Indian workers, is not planning any radical changes to the current sponsorship system for foreigners, Labour Minister Adel Fakieh has said.
 
Speaking to reporters after visiting some local factories in Dammam, Fakieh said that studies are currently being conducted on the best method of dealing with the system of temporary work permits.
 
"These studies will take some time to finish. As is the case in many other countries, when a foreign worker obtains a work permit, he or she will be committed to the employers under certain regulations," he was quoted as saying by Arab News.
 
Fakieh said Wednesday that his ministry had no intention of making any radical changes to the current kafeel (sponsor) system.
 
"The ministry does not want to rush these mechanisms and decisions before considering all aspects and consequences," he added.
 
Fakieh said he hopes the new modalities would make qualitative and quantitative change in the process of nationalisation of jobs and would not hamper economic growth in the kingdom.
 
"There is a great response from businessmen and Saudi companies to employ Saudis but some companies have not done what they were expected to do in this respect," he further said.
 
Fakieh said he does not believe that the forging of work visas has become widespread, and that his ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Interior to check violations in this area.
 
He also asked citizens and companies to report such violations immediately.
 
Saudi Arabia has more than two million Indian workers.

PTI

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