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117 Indians died for every billion USD remitted from gulf countries: CHRI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nearly 10 workers from died everyday in Gulf countries during the last six years, which translates to 117 deaths for every billion USD remitted to the country from there, a voluntary group said based on analysis of RTI responses.

Venkatesh Nayak from Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative had sought data from about the death of Indian workers in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and the from January 1, 2012 to about mid-2018.

The data was provided by Indian missions in Bahrain, Oman, and but the Embassy in the UAE refused to give information. The referred to data on their website which was only 2014 onwards.

In order to fill gaps, Nayak used data provided in Parliamentary questions in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

"Available data indicates, at least 24,570 Indian Workers died in the six Gulf countries between 2012 and mid-2018. This number could increase if the complete figures for and UAE are made available publicly. This amounts to more than 10 deaths per day during this period," he said.

He said Indians working in Gulf countries accounted for more than half of the that received from all over the world between 2012 and 2017.

"While received a total of USD 410.33 billion in remittances from the world over, remittances from the Gulf countries accounted for USD 209.07 billion," he said.

His analysis showed there were more than 187 deaths for every USD billion received from during 2012-17, more than 183 deaths for every USD billion received from and 162 deaths for every USD billion received from

accounted for more than 74 deaths for every USD billion received while the lowest figure of 71 deaths for every USD billion received was from UAE, he said.

"The above comparison is not an attempt to label the remittances from the Gulf as blood money. Instead the purpose of this comparative analysis is to highlight the shockingly large number of deaths of Indian Workers in Gulf countries. This phenomenon requires urgent examination," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 15:40 IST
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