[Assam] [assam} Seven Indian Nurses Rescued in Saudi Arabia
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Tue May 15 21:55:19 IST 2012
Times of India (may 15, 2012)
DUBAI: Seven Indian nurses stranded in Saudi Arabia without proper
documents have been rescued and repatriated following intervention by
the Indian Embassy.
The nurses were stranded in two separate cases without papers, an
official working with the labour section of the Indian Embassy said.
"In the first case, four Indian female nurses - Ashley, Bindu, Aasha
and Shely - came to the Kingdom five years ago to work in Aghsan Aliwy
Hospital in Hafr Al-Batin," M Aleem said.
"The sponsor neither renewed the residence permits (Iqamas) of the
workers nor did he allow the nurses to leave during vacations as per
the provisions of the work agreements," he said.
Once alerted, the Indian Embassy established communication with the
hospital officials and involved some local Indian community leaders.
"But, all pleas fell on the deaf ears of the sponsor, which finally led
me to decide on a stronger course of action," Aleem was quoted by Arab
News as saying.
According to Aleem, he then took the case to the Hafr Al-Batin deputy
governor and the Director General of Health Mutlak Al-Khemyali, who
extended full support in rescuing the nurses.
Al-Khemyali raised the issue with the directors of the Passport
Department and Labour Office. He then called the Saudi sponsor to
endorse the final exit visa and pay the air fares for the nurses.
"And thanks to the efforts of the Saudi officials, especially
Al-Khemyali, that these nurses were finally repatriated to India last
week," Aleem said.
In the other case, three nurses - Saramma Varghese, Subadhra Omana
Kuttan and Sree Latha Vasudevan Nair - were rescued and repatriated.
These nurses were allegedly stranded after the new owner of a clinic
closed down the organisation without giving any prior notice.
He also turned down requests to extend validity of their Saudi ID
papers. These nurses had been working for the last 18 years and their
clinic was handed over to another third Saudi citizen on an operational
contract basis after their sponsor died.
The embassy succeeded in convincing him to grant the nurses final exit
documents, said Aleem.
The nurses were later sent back to India.
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