150 Nepali workers left in lurch in Saudi Arabia
Bishnu Prashad Chapagain, N24, Saudi Arabia:
As many as 150 Nepali workers have been reeling under a difficult condition here in Dammam city of Saudi Arabia. Nepalese workers, who have been working for the Al-Abdul Rahman Contracting and Trading Company based in Al Daiya, are forced to live a miserable life for last 9 months.
The foreign workers have been facing difficulties after the Saudi government enforced the Nitaqat system last year. The government had introduced the Nitaqat system in a bid to create more jobs for the Saudis after the surge of unemployment rate in the country.
However, the system, has invited the problems to the migrant workers at this company when it didn’t pay much attention towards the system earlier.
“The inability of the company to meet some of the provisions of the Nitaqat systems is forcing making more workers vulnerable day by day,” one of the victims Khageswor Timilsina lamented.
More than 250 migrant workers from Nepal along with India, Philipiness and other countries have been fallen victim to company’s failure to adhere the Nitaqat system.
Their Iqama hasn’t been renewed even after the expiry which has led to insurance problem of the workers. They have been stranded here since the Company hasn’t paid them for last nine months. Those, whose contract period expires and those seeking for the exit, are also not granted leave. They have been living a miserable life here without the expenses for medicine and telephone.
The workers are also prevented from putting the problems with the company owners. The workers have been intimidated with security threats while making efforts to knock the door of embassy and labor court. Four Nepali workers have already escaped from the company after they were received death threats.
NRN Saudi Chapter’s member Bishnu Prashad Chaulagain has called the Nepali organizations to rescue the workers after he came to knew about the problems.
The problems came into light after the NRN Saudi Chapters officials met and interacted with the workers. The NRN has informed the Nepal’s embassy seeking its support for the rescue of Nepali workers on Sunday.
Most of these workers were sent to Saudi Arabia by Blue Sky international and few of them by White Horizon Manpower companies by extorting the amount from 83 thousand to 1 hundred 10 thousand rupees.