RIYADH: Shahid Manzoor, labor minister in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, has assured expatriate workers in the Kingdom that he would take up their grievances with the concerned departments back home to ease their problems.
“I will discuss your legitimate concerns with the home government and will seek an amicable solution through the relevant departments,” said Manzoor while addressing a function organized in Riyadh by the Indian Business Association (IBA-Riyadh).
Notably, Uttar Pradesh plays very crucial role in Indian politics with the largest share of representation in Parliament. Facing assembly election next year, the lawmakers in the state are eager to discuss key issues such as the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Dadri murder of Akhlaque as well as the Kairana controversy.
Manzoor’s Samajwadi party seeks to handle communal divides, concerns about safety and security, and administrative lapses with care and patience.
Those spreading propaganda on the Kairana issue along religious line have been exposed before the peace-loving public, who will give a befitting reply to them in the upcoming elections, he said.
Responding to a query on poverty and unemployment, he said the ministry has, for the first time, started streamlining the registration of about three million laborers, adding that work is underway to register all laborers and to extend to them basic services from the government to bring them into the organized workforce.
Regarding safety and security concerns, he said that law and order will be dealt with sternly and no one will be allowed to take the law into their own hands.
In his welcome address, IBA President Qamruddin Jugnu urged the minister to look into the grievances of the expatriates and help them.
Prominent NRI philanthropist Nadeem Tarin and IICC-Riyadh convenor Murshid Kamal also spoke at the event. The program was moderated by Kaunain Shahidi. via arabnews.com