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Sunday, 4 January 2015

77 Indians allegedly mistreated in Sri Lanka; government contemplates strict action against company.............


  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
The government has taken "serious note" of complaints against an Indian company, involved in alleged mistreatment of 77 Indian labourers in Sri Lanka, and directed its mission in Colombo to make immediate arrangements for their return.
The workers involved in the dispute are reportedly mostly from UP and Bihar. They have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking their intervention to resolve the matter.
The government also is contemplating strict action against the erring company, according to government.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, has taken serious note of the issue and has spoken to Indian High Commissioner Yash Sinha in Colombo and directed him to make immediate arrangements for their return..
"It is a labour-related issue. Our mission has already taken up the matter with the company and we are working on a solution and hopeful of a resolution," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
He was replying to a question on whether Indians were being held hostage in Sri Lanka.