Report says 550 Indians stranded in Qatar for months

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More than 550 Indians of a Doha-based construction company are said to be stranded in Qatar for months, a news report has revealed. According to The Hindu report, they are among the approximately 1,200 employees of the company and 526 of them fall under the category of labourers.

“About 116 staff members have not received their salary since last September. The 1,100-odd personnel in the labour wing have not received their salary since January, and overtime since December. Assurances that the dues will be settled have not been honoured. We are like refugees,” an employee told the newspaper.

According to the employee, they are unaware of the reason behind the crisis and that rumours are going about.

“Work on three sites has come to a standstill since March. Many workers have been thrown out of their homes after they could not pay the rent and they are sharing the rooms of those who have company quarters,” he said.

The report said that the employees sent a group mail to the management on October 1, 2017, for their salary but there has been no reply to subsequent mails and reminders. Workers petitioned the Indian Embassy on March 10 but its response was “negative”, the employee is quoted to have said.

Workers then filed a police complaint on March 15 and approached the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) on March 25. According to the report, MADLSA authorities called the company, which sought time till April 10, but the matter remains unresolved.

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