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22 Nov 2019

U Sudhakar Reddy. Times of India

34,000 Indians died in Gulf in five years, 1,200 from Telanga

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According to data of the ministry of external affairs (MEA), 33, 988 Indians have died in the Gulf since 2014, including 4,823 [in 2019]...

Till October [2019] ale, MEA had received 15,051 complaints from [migrants working in the ] Gulf, mostly pertaining to cheating by agents on employment...most complaints received from Indian workers are over non-payment of salaries and denial of legitimate labour rights and benefits such as non-issuance/renewal of residence permits, non-payment/grant of overtime allowance, weekly holidays and longer working hours. 

"Refusal to grant exit/re-entry permits..and non-provision of medical and insurance facilities and not being paid compensation upon death are some of the other complaints" added [a government official].