13 July 17
Saudi GazetteThe Consulate General of India in Jeddah has so far issued around 6,800 emergency certificates (ECs) for illegal residents during the three and a half month amnesty period announced by the Saudi authorities, according to Indian Consul General Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh. “As of Saturday, the consulate issued 6,784 ECs, and this is a very low figure compared to the huge number of one million Indian expatriates living in the Western region of the Kingdom that comes under the purview of the consulate. The consulate receives an average of 10 people, coming to obtain EC, daily and this figure is highly encouraging as it shows that Indians are among the most law abiding expatriates in the Kingdom,” he said, adding that the three million Indians make up one third of the expatriate population in the Kingdom. The number of Indians, who approached the Indian Embassy in Riyadh from the Central and Eastern regions account for 24,000.
Sheikh congratulated the Indian community for their extra keenness to stay in the Kingdom legally. He also thanked the Saudi authorities for making all the arrangements at deportation center (tarheel) to complete the amnesty travel procedures. The Saudi authorities have extended the 90-day amnesty period from June 25 to one more month.
The consul general said that the consulate’s ambitious plan to build a new premise is now in the architectural design phase. “As many as eight firms from a number of countries have qualified to present designs. One among them will be chosen after the three-month period and we will work on the construction phase after the final approval of the design came from India,” he said while thanking the Saudi authorities for their full support in expediting the procedures.”