New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday asked the Indian envoy in Saudi Arabia to help a nurse from Karnataka who has reportedly been pushed into slavery in the Gulf country.
"Javed : Pls help rescue this lady. @IndianEmbRiyadh," Swaraj tweeted, asking India's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmad Javed to help Jacintha Mendonca, the Indian nurse.
Javed : Pls help rescue this lady. @IndianEmbRiyadh https://t.co/tUdMgGu1YF— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017
As per media reports, a kafil in Saudi Arabia has demanded 24,000 Saudi Riyals (USD 6,398) to free her.
Replying to a separate query on twitter, Swaraj said every PIO (person of Indian-origin) cards has to be converted to OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) cards, saying it is mandatory.
Every PIO Card has to be converted to OCI Card. This is mandatory. https://t.co/wZFSmtz9Oh— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017
She also directed the passport division of the External Affairs Ministry to resolve difficulties being faced by a person with disability.
Her response came after one Luv Kher requested to renew a passport of his disabled son.
"@SushmaSwaraj @MEAIndia Kindly approve passport renewal of my divyang son (J9503328), can't visit biometrics. Appl. pending @ RPO GZB Thanks (sic)," Kher said.
I have asked @CPVIndia to resolve this. https://t.co/Goy5G1vnVj— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017
Responding to the issue Swaraj tweeted, "I have asked @CPVIndia to resolve this".