From: Subhan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Subject: [tanzeemhumhindustani] Saudi law threatens Indians' jobs six lakh workers from Andhra Pradaesh
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government will seek the help of the Centre to protect the interests of nearly six lakh workers from Andhra Pradesh who are working in Saudi Arabia and who are in danger of being rendered jobless once the new Nitaqat scheme is implemented in that country.
The situation has created apprehensions among AP employees who are working in small Saudi firms. There are concerns that Hyderabadis, especially from the old city, will be worst affected.
Around one lakh Hyderabadis are employed in middle-level jobs: Managerial and administrative positions, receptionists, secretaries, telephone and computer operators, accountants, typists, salesmen, marketing executives, hotel staff, taxi drivers, clerks, teachers etc.
The impact will be minimal on those doing lowerlevel jobs like construction workers, plumbers, fitters, electricians, cleaners, maids, security guards etc.
as the locals do not prefer these low-paying jobs. There will also be no impact on those in higher-level jobs either, like IT
"Workers from AP are spread over all the six Gulf countries. The Nitaqat scheme is confined to Saudi Arabia. We will
The state government will also devise a relief and rehabilitation package for the affected workers," said D. Sridhar Babu, the minister for NRI affairs. He
However, the voluntary organisations are upset at the state government for not taking enough precautionary measures.
"The government responds only after the deadline ends. It should try to alert the migrants well in advance about the impact of policy decisions taken by foreign countries.
Many people who go to Gulf are illiterate or are semi-literate. They are being exploited by brokers with false promises of permanent employment. The state government should take up awareness programmes," said M. Bheem Reddy, vice-president, Migrants Rights Council and member of Migrant Forum in Asia.
Mid-level workers to be most affected The most affected would be Indians employed in middle-level jobs like those doing managerial and administrative jobs, receptionists, secretaries, tele phone and computer operators, accountants, typists, salesmen, marketing executives, hotel staff, taxi drivers, clerks, teachers etc.