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UAE amnesty scheme to benefit 30,000 stranded Indians

The new scheme will help those stuck in the UAE illegally due to immigration violations.

Up to 30,000 Indian workers stuck in the UAE are likely to benefit from a new amnesty scheme introduce in the emirates, it has been reported.

"Yesterday the UAE announced the scheme which will benefit thousands of Indians living in the country. Now we will be able to bring them back within a period of six months," Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told The Economic Times newspaper in New Delhi.

Ravi said the new scheme would help around 30,000 Indians stuck in the UAE who had violated immigration regulations and were stranded in the country illegally.

In August, the Indian government set up a special fund to repatriate Indian workers in the Gulf, including 199 currently stranded in Qatar.

The ‘Indian Community Welfare Fund’ was set up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and will provide urgent assistance to Indian workers stranded or destitute abroad.

The fund will provide air ticket, medical services and food and will be available to workers in 42 countries, including all Gulf countries.

Ravi told The Economic Times newspaper at the time that 199 Indian workers were awaiting repatriation in Qatar and one in Malaysia, however “no data is available in respect of other countries.”

The Ministry also released figures on the number of Indians serving jail in Gulf, with a total of 3,095 currently incarcerated in Middle Eastern jails.

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Kazim Kirmani 9 years ago

What are the finer details of this deal? Is it specific to Indians or open to all nationalities? Since when have we had to hear about UAE related gov't news being announced by an Indian Minister?