Friday 19 April 2019 1:47 AM UTC
NEW DELHI April 19: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, while troubleshooting on Twitter the problems of Indians who are living abroad, came across a post by a man who alleged he would “commit suicide” if he was unable to return to India from Saudi Arabia.
“Sir, tell me one thing, can you help me or should I kill myself? It has been about 12 months that I have been pleading for help from the embassy.
It would be a huge help if you can send me to India. I have four children,” tweeted a man who identified himself only by his first name, Ali.
The foreign minister replied: “Don’t think about suicide. We are there for you. Our embassy will help you.
” Sushma Swaraj then asked for a report from the Indian embassy in Riyadh on the man’s complaint and the circumstances that led him to tweet the SOS.
When the embassy asked the man to send a copy of his visa page and phone number, he said he doesn’t have a copy of the visa but has an “iqama” – a residence permit issued to expatriates who arrive in Saudi Arabia on an employment visa.
“Sir mere pass koi id nahi (sir, I don’t have any ID papers),” the man tweeted.
“There’s some problem in my family back home. It’s been 21 months since I came here and haven’t taken leave. Please help me return to India,” Ali tweeted again, tagging the Indian embassy.
Other people on Twitter also suggested the man that he give his phone number to the embassy if he wanted quick help.
Ms Swaraj routinely replies to Indians abroad who seek her ministry’s help, and has several times in the past solved genuine problems related to visas and immigration issues.
However, the foreign minister is also known to have pulled up people for asking help in trivial matters and even sending in queries about issues that do not concern her ministry.
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