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QUESTION NO.448 DECLINE IN NUMBER OF WORKERS GOING TO SAUDI ARABIA

February 07, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.448
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.02.2019

DECLINE IN NUMBER OF WORKERS GOING TO SAUDI ARABIA

448. SHRI K.C. RAMAMURTHY:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether due to sharp increase in the number of deaths of Indians in Gulf countries, there is a sharp decline in number of workers going to Saudi Arabia by 47 percent in 2016 when compared to 2015 and 29 percent to UAE;

(b) whether the Ministry has tried to carry out any investigation or study to find out the causes of deaths; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the manner in which the Ministry is planning to discuss the issue with those countries at diplomatic and political level so as to protect Indians?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) & (b) As per information received from our Missions in UAE and Saudi Arabia, the figures for population of Indian expatriates and deaths are given below:


Year

Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Population

Deaths

Population

Deaths

2015

29.6 lakhs

2694

Not available

1540

2016

30.7 lakhs

2766

26 lakhs

1657

2017

32.5 lakhs

2664

28 lakhs

1637

2018

27.1 lakhs

2551

31 lakhs

1759



These figures do not show that there is a sharp increase in the number of deaths of Indians in Gulf Countries. Therefore there is no need to carry out any investigation or study to find out the causes of death.

(c) Not applicable.

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