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Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia to return soon

Twenty-two Indian workers, stuck in this Saudi city for the past six months after their sponsor could not pay $24,000 in fines for labour law violation, might return home soon, a senior Indian diplomat said on Thursday.

A total of 62 workers from India were brought to Saudi Arabia by their sponsor last February, but could not provide them ‘iqamas’ or residence permits because it was in the red Nitaqat zone. The ‘Nitaqat’ law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 foreign workers.

The sponsor - Dammam-based Sejong Saudi Contracting Construction Co - was supposed to pay Ministry of Labour 90,000 Saudi Riyals for labour regulation violations but has not paid amount.
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