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Embassy swings into action over trapped Odia labourers in Saudi




 After the plight of as many as 12 Odia labourers trapped in Saudi Arabia and struggling to return home was highlighted by a local news channel on June 24, the Indian Embassy in Riyadh and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik again took to Twitter showing their alertness on the issue.

The Indian Embassy in Riyadh stated it is making full efforts but it will take time to resolve the issue of the Odia labourers as it is a case of premature repatriation. Patnaik also once more expressed his concern for the Odia labourers and again requested the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take swift action on the matter.

Earlier on May 9, soon after the news channel reported on the issue, the External Affairs Minister had directed the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia to facilitate the return of the workers. Naveen had also sought her intervention for the safe return of the Odia labourers. But neither Swaraj nor Patnaik could anything beyond these Twitter responses. The 25 labourers are still struggling for existence in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Twelve of them are from Ganjam district in Odisha. They are jobless since three months and living without money even to buy food.






Editorial

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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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