A view shows the construction of the King Abdullah Financial District, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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Saudi Arabia took steps on Wednesday to help around 2,500 Indian workers stranded without money in the kingdom after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs.Riyadh would also honor workers' claims against companies that had defaulted on payments and had agreed to allow workers to transfer to other companies in the kingdom, he said.Asian activists and officials have said that thousands of jobless Indians, Filipinos, and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia following the layoffs.The Okaz daily on Wednesday quoted labor ministry official Abdullah al-Alyan as saying that the kingdom had promised "urgent" action to help around 2,500 Indian workers.Alyan did not mention thousands of Saudi-based Filipino and Pakistani workers and dismissed as "rumors" that about 10,000 Indian workers had been left to starve.
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