Saturday, 9 January 2010

INDIA: India to provide aid for foreign workers

By James Lamont in New Delhi

Published: January 9 2010 02:00 | Last updated: January 9 2010 02:00

India is readying an emergency social security system for workers who have lost their jobs overseas as a result of the global economic downturn.

Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister, yesterday said his government was taking steps to protect the country's expatriate workforce from the adverse effects of the economic crisis in their place of work and when they returned home. He pledged that their security was a top priority for his Congress party-led administration.

The measures reflect the severity with which this sector of the workforce has been affected over the past months in spite of recent assurances that credit woes in Dubai would not inflict too much damage on a big source of its labour. About 4.5m Indian workers are employed in the Gulf, half of them in the United Arab Emirates.
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