Dr. Datar, CMD of Al Adil Trading, and known as the 'Masala King', offered them food, medical help, and logistical support to return to their homeland.
The Indian workers' plight was brought to light four months ago at the height of the pandemic. The workers were stranded in Jeddah after a curfew was imposed in the city. Some of them continued to remain in the country after their visas had expired; others had lost jobs and were struggling to make ends meet.
They were detained by the local police and sent to a detention centre. Their plight came to light recently when the media published reports of their travails.
Dr. Datar and his corporate team swung into action from the UAE. He communicated with the Indian Consulate in Jeddah through the Indian Consulate in UAE and expressed his willingness to help the detained workers. He proposed that if the authorities released the poor workers on humanitarian grounds, he would sponsor their air tickets and medical test expenses.
The Saudi authorities not only released the Indian workers, but also assisted with their repatriation. They facilitated the air travel through Saudia - the official airline.
A total of 451 passengers recently landed in Delhi and all passengers were sent to quarantine facilities in Delhi and Bhatinda. Another flight landed at the Kochi International Airport.
"We have sent home more than 5,000 stranded Indian workers from across the GCC region. Besides business, I have been active in promoting Indian culture in the Gulf countries. I haven't done anything special. It is the duty of every person to help his brethren in such difficult times. This is what Indian culture teaches us. I am happy that these workers are united with their family and are safe," said Datar.
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