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India, S Arabia sign accord for protecting Indian workers

"It is indeed very satisfying to see that we could finalize the cooperation agreement and sign it today. This agreement will go a long way in protecting the interest of the workers. It is time now that the standard employment contract should also be finalized at the earliest," Ravi said.

Around 6,000 Indians secure regular jobs since Saudi amnesty

Saudi Arabia announced the amnesty in April this year and extended it by four months in July allowing foreign workers to regularise their documents.

India, S. Arabia to set up JWG on Nitaqat programme

The JWG led by a Deputy Saudi Minister and India''s Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia will discuss and evolve mechanism for addressing all immediate problems facing the NRI community, including issues related to overstaying Indian workers. The first JWG meeting will be held in Riyadh on May 1.