Open House looks into Indian expats’ grievances
July 28 2017 10:53 PM
Indian Embassy, Doha
The monthly Open House was held at the Indian Embassy

Doha

The total number of Indian nationals in the Central Prison and Deportation Centre is 177 and 96, respectively, the Indian embassy has said.

An embassy team visited the Central Prison and Deportation Centre recently to enquire about the welfare of detainees from India.
In a press statement, the embassy said the monthly Open House to address urgent consular and labour issues/cases of Indian nationals in Qatar was held at the mission 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.
Indian ambassador P Kumaran, third secretary (labour and community welfare) Dr M Aleem 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 authorities concerned in the Government of Qatar, the statement noted.
Mahesh Gowda, general secretary of the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), the community association working under the aegis of the embassy for the welfare of Indian workers, and Mala Krishnan, a member of the ICBF management committee, also participated in the Open House.
Seven Open Houses have been held since January, including the one on Thursday. A total of 36 complaints have been received during these Open Houses, of which 23 complaints have been resolved and 13 are under the “active follow-up” of the embassy.
The embassy has issued 45 Emergency Certificates (ECs) in July to Indian nationals for their repatriation to India. In addition, the mission has issued 29 air tickets this month to needy Indian nationals for their return to India.
Also in July, the ICBF has helped 29 Indian nationals by providing daily need items, transport assistance and other minor assistance.



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