This decision of Saudi Arabia will benefit more than 2.5 million Indians

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday incorporated important reforms in the labor law regarding foreign workers.

This decision has been taken under the vision -3030 and National Transformation Program of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman. Under this, foreign workers will get additional rights.

Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner of India in this area. 2.6 million Indians work in Saudi Arabia. In a press conference held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said that reforms in the labor law will be implemented from March 2021.

Due to this improvement, foreign workers will be able to change jobs and leave their jobs and go back. Now Saudi Arabia’s labor laws will not come in the way. Saudi Arabia wants to attract the best talent through this reform and create a competitive environment in its market.

With this, people will be able to increase their spending and the competition in the market will be created. Saudi Arabia wants such an atmosphere in the local labor market that the workers as well as the workers will benefit.

Among the important changes that will be made by this reform – foreign workers will be able to change jobs, request exit and re-entry visas themselves and they will also have full authority on final exit visa. Now all these will not require permission from the employer. Everyone will get automatic approval.

The plan seeks to expand the kingdom’s private sector and diversify the economy currently dependent on its oil reserves, and will allow workers to apply directly for services via an e-government portal, instead of a mandatory employers’ approval. The ministry also aims to certify the contracts of all foreign workers by the end of the first quarter of 2021

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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