GRFDT Extends Condolences: Urgent Action Needed to Protect Indian Migrant Workers After Kuwait Fire Tragedy

Published Date:   Monday, Jun 24, 2024

GRFDT extends condolences to the families of the deceased in the Kuwait fire tragedy and calls for urgent action to guarantee the safety and rights of Indian migrant workers in the Gulf countries
New Delhi, June 24, 2024
The Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), New Delhi, expresses profound sorrow at the unfortunate and tragic fire incident on June 12 in a labour housing facility in the Mangaf area of Kuwait that claimed the lives of at least 45 Indians. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, understanding the immense loss they are experiencing, and wish a speedy recovery of those hospitalised. To our relief, we have learnt that the Kuwait and Indian governments have extended all possible assistance to the injured and the bereaved families.
The incident once again raises serious questions about the safety and well-being of migrant workers, including Indians, in their workplaces and housing facilities. The GRFDT echoes these concerns and strongly urges the Government of India to address the wider issues affecting the welfare of our migrant labourers in all stages of their migration. It is imperative to empower our migrant workers in the Gulf and elsewhere and revise the outdated Emigration Act of 1983 without further delay. We remain committed to this cause and will continue to advocate for the rights and safety of migrant workers.
Prof. Binod Khadria
President, GRFDT
New Delhi
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