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Indian delegation in Saudi to take up labour law issue

Indian delegation in Saudi to take up labour law issue

Jeddah: A delegation led by Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed, who arrived here Saturday, will hold talks with Saudi Labor Minister Adel Fakeih in Jeddah on Sunday.

The delegation will convey India's concern about possible job losses to its nationals due to implementation of a new labour law that seeks to reserve 10 per cent jobs for locals.

The Nitaqat law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 migrant workers. There has been widespread perception that the new policy will lead to denial of job opportunities for a large number of Indians working there.

The Saudi government was implementing the Nitaqat law to cut unemployment in the country.

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