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Pinarayi seeks Centre's intervention on Kuwait issue

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Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has sought urgent central intervention into to the issue of deportation of Indian workers from Kuwait as part of its indigenisation policy and asked the Centre to ensure that those affected do not face harassment.

"The reports that there is going to be large-scale deportation of foreigners from Kuwait have caused anxiety in Kerala. The Centre should take immediate steps to address the problem," Vijayan said in a statement on Tuesady.

The CPI-M leader said India should bring pressure on Kuwait to adopt a humanitarian approach of giving sufficient time to the affected workers to either leave the country or obtain proper documents to continue there.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking the Centre to take immediate steps to address the problems faced by Indians, a majority of whom are Keralites.

Chandy said a large number of Keralites in Kuwait faced the threat of deportation with the authorities there taking stringent measures to send those staying there without proper documents. He wanted the Centre to ensure that Kuwait authorities informed the Indian embassy details of the arrest of Indians.

Kerala accounts for a large number of Indian expatriates in the Gulf region

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