The Kerala Pravasi Sangham has demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervene in the crisis caused by the implementation of a new Nitaqat (classification) law for lakhs of Indian expatriates.

Kerala Pravasi Sangham State general secretary K.V. Abdul Khader, MLA, said here on Thursday that Dr. Singh initiate a diplomatic dialogue with the Saudi government to address the concerns of thousands of expatriate Malayalis.

He said a ministerial delegation should be sent to Saudi Arabia to hold talks with the Saudi government.

Mr. Khader will lead a hunger strike of the expatriates in front of the Collectorate here on Saturday. “Our immediate demand is that the Prime Minister make a move to safeguard the interests of the lakhs of our friends in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

He said nearly six lakh Malayalis would lose their jobs in Saudi Arabia as a result of the new law.

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