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Mission Houses in Gulf Nations Should Record
Indian Workers' Wage Grievances before
Repatriation, Says Tharoor
The Rajya Sabha MP said there is currently
no mechanism available globally to address
the wage theft issue and ensure justice for
the migrant worker.
Rejimon Kuttappan
NEW DELHI
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JULY 24, 2020, 4:47 PM IST

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ndian missions in Arab Gulf countries should record the wage grievances of Indian workers
leaving due to the Covid-19 outbreak as documentation is vital in addressing the wage theft
issue, said MP and former state Minister at the Ministry of External Affairs Shashi Tharoor.

“I will write to the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar to set up a platform at Indian missions
where the workers' grievances, especially on the wage front, can be recorded,” said Tharoor at an
online panel discussion jointly organised by the Manila-based Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA),
Delhi-based Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), and Beirut-based
Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM).

Tharoor said there is currently no mechanism available globally to address the wage theft issue
and ensure justice for the migrant worker.

ESCROW FUND
However, Tharoor suggested that an ESCROW fund where six months of wages can be deposited by
the employer should be set up when the visa is approved for the worker.
“This ESCROW fund can help to pay the worker when pay default happens, especially when Covidlike crisis happens,” said Tharoor, adding that the pandemic outbreak has become an excuse for
the employers in the Gulf to remove migrant workers without clearing their unpaid wages and end
of service bene ts.
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