Problem in getting back Indians’ bodies from Gulf
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 15:40
New Delhi: Government on Wednesday admitted that there were problems in getting back bodies of Indians employed in the Gulf countries who expired during their stay, but assured the Lok Sabha that all efforts are being made to deal with the issue.

"There are problems in getting back the bodies. But these countries have certain rules. Especially in Saudi Arabia, the body is handed over only after a Final Report is filed. But in other Gulf countries, it takes about a week," Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vyalar Ravi said in Lok Sabha.

He was responding to complaints of some members during Question Hour that bringing back bodies of Indians working in the Gulf countries was a tedious process and involved a lot of red tape.

A sizable number of Indians - both skilled and unskilled labour - go to Gulf countries for employment. Remittances from these countries accounted for 27 per cent of the total in the first half of 2009-10.

Ravi said the problem was aggravated in case of those Indians who were living in these countries illegally.

Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP) said this problem was also faced by Indians living in Australia and in some cases money had to be paid to get the bodies released.

He also flagged the issue of bad working conditions for Indians and how this was driving some of them to commit suicide.

Ravi insisted that the government was engaged in creating awareness among Indians about the significance of getting proper visas and permits before going abroad to work.

"The Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana (PBBY) is a compulsory Insurance Scheme for protection of emigrant workers," Ravi said. PTI

First Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 15:40

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