For the first time, Indian Expatriate workers will get a free pre-paid SIM cards on their arrival in Saudi Arabia.
According to B S Mubarak, India's consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Indian workers now going to Saudi Arabia are being provided with free pre-paid SIM cards on their arrival. The consul general informed that the Saudi labour ministry had initiated the process in a bid to ensure the welfare and rights of workers. The SIM will be distributed to the Expatriate at different counters at the Saudi airports. The Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) had set up counters at the airports to hand over the SIM cards. The service has been launched in partnership between STC and the Saudi’s General Authority for Civil Aviation.
The SIM card will include free calling minutes and messages so that expatriate workers can communicate with their families and loved ones and the embassies of their countries in the Kingdom. The program will be launched at other international gateways to the Kingdom in the coming weeks.
Importantly, Indian PM Modi has called for paradigm shift in trade relations with Saudi Arabia, and such initiatives are seen in this light.
Government figures estimate that there are approximately 2.8 million Indians working in Saudi Arabia. The measures have come in the wake of increasing complaints by Indian workers about unpaid salaries, poor working conditions and ill-treatment at the hands of employers.