Indian Embassy holds open house

 27 May 2017 - 0:09

The Peninsula

The monthly Open House to address urgent consular and labour issues/cases of Indian nationals in  Qatar was held at the Embassy on Thursday. The grievances brought to the notice of the Embassy related to issues of delayed payment of wages and violations of contract terms and conditions.
Ambassador P Kumaran, Deputy Chief of Mission R K Singh and other officials met all the complainants, discussed their problems in detail and assured them of the Embassy’s active follow up of their cases with the concerned authorities in the Government of Qatar. Devis Edakalathur, President, Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), the community association working under the aegis of the Embassy for the welfare of Indian workers, and also some members of the ICBF Management Committee also participated in the Open House.
An Embassy team visited the Central Prison and Deportation Centre this week to enquire about the welfare of detainees from India. The total number of Indian nationals in the Central Prison and the Deportation Centre currently is 194 and 88, respectively.
Since January, 2017, Five  Open Houses have been held, including the one held on Thursday. A total 25 complaints were received during these Open Houses.
Out of these, 13 complaints have been resolved, 14 are under active follow up of the Embassy. The number of deaths registered in the Embassy this year till May 24, 2017 is 112.
The Embassy has issued 42 Emergency Certificates (ECs) in May, 2017 to Indian nationals for their repatriation to India.
The Embassy also issued 17 air tickets to Indian nationals in distress for their return to India in May, 2017.
The Indian Community Benevolent Forum [ICBF] supports the efforts of the Embassy and helps Indian workers through various welfare measures, including supply of foodstuff and medical assistance. During May, 2017, ICBF assisted 23 Indian nationals in distress and provided them with foodstuff.