Saudi Arabia has banned foreigners from 12 jobs and activities in order to enhance jobs for its nationals. This move is likely to impact huge numbers of Overseas Workers from South Asia including India.
Ali Al-Ghafees the Social Development and Labor Minister of Saudi Arabia revealed a directive that bars foreigners from certain jobs from the next Hijri as per the Islamic calendar. This begins on September 11, 2018. This was reported by the Saudi Press Agency run by the state.
Foreigners will be banned from specific outlets. This includes the ones that sell pastries, household utensils, children’s clothes and men’s wear, ready-made garments, ready-made office materials, automobiles and motorcycles, furniture, carpets, building materials, car spare parts, electrical appliances and electronics, medical equipment, eyeglasses, and watches.
The ban will be implemented in 3 phases that will be spread across 2018 September to 2019 January. The order will enable Saudi nationals to enhance their rate of participation and work in the private sector, as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
The initiative is believed to be a part of extensive alterations being affected by M B Salman the ambitious Crown Prince. It is aimed at decreasing reliance on oil sector and revamping of the economy of Saudi Arabia. In 2017, the rate of employment in the nation had surpassed 12% owing to the outcome of lowered prices of oil.
3.2 million Indians are present in Saudi Arabia and are the largest overseas community in the nation. Most of them are blue collared workers. The ban is likely to have a tremendous impact on people from Kerala who are working in Saudi Arabia. Any loss of Jobs in Saudi Arabia will have instant consequences on the state.
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