The men were abandoned by the agents and couldn’t find jobs since arrival. They had no access and provision to food and medicine due to the lockdown and pandemic spread. The Consulate arranged food and other supplies to them after noticing a distress call on Twitter.
Danish Ali, one of the stranded workers told Khaleej Times, “After the curfew, India has banned all international flights till April 14. We have not been able to go back since, and it has become very difficult for us to survive here,” he added. Danish said the men have face masks and gloves with them, which they got with them from India. “We have not been stepping out of our accommodation at all,” said Danish. The men are presently housed in bed spaces in Sharjah’s Rolla area.
The Consulate officials were informed about the pathetic situation through Twitter and they came forward to help the workers as soon as they were informed of their plight. Jitendra Singh Negi, Consul Labour, Consular and MADAD said, “The men were brought here on tourist visas in the first week of March. The agents have been reprimanded and we provided food and temporary provisions to the stranded workers.” Negi said some of the workers were on one-month visas and some on three-month long visas.
Neeraj Agarwal, Consul (Press, Information, and Culture) said, “We encourage all Indians who are is in a crisis or destitute situation to reach out to the Consulate for help. Food and medical provisions will be provided to those in need.”