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Bahrain, Aug 30: The Indian mission in Bahrain has blacklisted around 45 local firms for violating the country's labour laws and denying Indian workers their basic rights. The companies will not be able to recruit any more workers from India.

The companies were found mistreating workers, providing sub-standard accommodation and not paying wages. "These companies will not be granted permits to recruit workers from India until they correct the situation," said Indian Ambassador to Bahrain, Balkrishna Shetty.

"We studied the cases of such companies following several complaints from workers over the past one year," he told the Gulf Daily News.

"We were asking these companies just to follow the Bahraini law. Among those who violate the law are some leading construction companies that employ hundreds of Indian workers.

"The companies that failed to correct the situation have been put on a blacklist." The Indian Embassy will not allow such companies to recruit any more workers from India, said Shetty.

"We shall also refuse visas for the owners or their representatives to visit India," he added. "I have already notified Bahrain's Foreign Ministry that such employers are hampering the government's amnesty process," he said.


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  • nisar ahmed , mangalore/saudiarabia/riyadh

    Sun, Sep 02 2007

    Great job done by Mr Balkrishna Shetty. We need you sir in the Middle East.

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  • Edwin D'Souza, Angeloru

    Fri, Aug 31 2007

    Well done Mr. Balakrishna Shetty. If you do not protect the interest and listen to the cries of these poor workers coming from Inida in search of their daily bread who else will? Can the other Gulf countries follow your great service to these labor class people who are totally neglected? We the Indians all over the world should feel very proud of you Balajrishna.

    May you continue your good service expected of a mission abroad as long as you continue in service. Bahrain is very friendly with India. But some of the employers are behaving as if they can bring labor force from anywhere and run their business when there are many Bahrianis looking for jobs and their daily bread.

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  • Lloyd Cutinha, Valencia - Mangalore / Bahrain

    Fri, Aug 31 2007

    Hats off to you Sir. H.H Mr. Balakrishna Shetty is doing a great job which should have been done decades ago. So lots of Indians would have escaped ill treatment from their employers. I am filled with happiness today by the great work done by Mr. Shetty. I am proud to be an Manglorean.

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    Fri, Aug 31 2007

    My hat's off to H.E. Balakrishna Shetty, the Indian Ambassador to Bharain for such noble work. Atleast one person from our Political community upheld the diginity and integrity of Indian Workers Abroad, especially amongst 'Low thinking High living' Middle Eastern Nationals about India and Indians.Hope rest of the Diplomats follow suit.

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  • Ronald, Udyavara/Dubai

    Thu, Aug 30 2007

    This is really great work from Indian Mission, specially by our Mangalorean Balakrishna Shetty. We expect the same from from other GCC countries.

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