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Peenya strikes to support Indians stuck in Yemen, likely to lose Rs.1 billion

Peenya Industries Association members on a one-day strike to protest against government’s inability to bring back their employee stuck in Yemen

By Noah D’Mello

BANGALORE (April 2)—Peenya Industries Association is likely to face a loss of approximately Rs.1 billion in view of its one-day strike to express their anger against the government’s inefficiency to bring back Ravi Kumar and other Indian nationals, who have been stranded in war-torn Yemen.
             
Ravi Kumar, co-founder of Trinity NDT Engineers, is among 3,000 Indians that are stuck in the chaos in Yemen. The PIA, along with the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association, organized this one-day protest by shutting down operations of all its industries in the area.

Peenya Industries Association hold a one-day strike in solidarity with Indians in Yemen

Venkatesh D.T, president of the PIA, said that this protest will cost the 8,500 industries from Peenya an approximate Rs.1 billion. He said the industries here have an annual turnover of Rs.250 billion.

“The employees will be compensated for the strike,” he said. “It is the employers that will be affected the most. But we are here to show our solidarity with the Indians that are still suffering.”

“We are just worried about the government’s inaction in helping out our citizens,” Venkatesh said.

“If need be, let them completely involve the military and armed forces to get back the Indians. By doing this, we want to put pressure on the Indian government and the external affairs ministry to get serious on this issue,” he said.

“If a country like Somalia can pull out all its citizens, then why can’t India do the same?” he added.

Ravi Kumar, who spoke to The SoftCopy over the phone, said that the Indian Embassy in Yemen is making the situation more difficult for the Indian nationals.

“We are being asked to fill a lot forms and get all are documents right; sometimes we feel are being harassed. The Pakistani people did not face such issues and were easily taken back to their country,” Kumar said, “Why is the Indian government being so inefficient?”

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