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New Delhi: Officials of India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are scheduled to hold a high-level dialogue on workers’ issues during Overseas Indian Affairs ministry secretary A K Agarwal’s visit to the Gulf nation beginning on Wednesday.

Agarwal, during his four-day visit, will meet senior officials of the UAE’s labor ministry and discuss various issues pertaining to recruitment and employment of Indian workers.

The visit is being coordinated by the Indian embassy in the UAE and the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

The entire Gulf region, where millions of Indians are working, particularly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, is a major source of India’s foreign exchange earnings.

Agarwal will call on the UAE’s Culture, Youth and Community Development Minister Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. He will also visit the Indian Workers’ Resource Centre (IWRC) in Dubai.

The IWRC, run by the Indian embassy in the UAE, provides information, guidance and counseling to Indian citizens in distress through a 24×7 helpline and a walk-in counseling centre.

Agarwal will also visit the industrial city of Abu Dhabi and a labor camp in Sharjah to meet Indian workers, the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The secretary will meet foreign employers and interact with representatives of registered Indian associations in the UAE to brief them about the ministry’s initiatives and schemes for engagement with the Indian diaspora.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Indian Women in UAE Launches Year-Long Mission to Protect Environment through Series of Initiatives

The ILA has committed to run sustainable environmentally friendly and social awareness campaigns in the community each month

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In an interview with Gulf News, Sunita Wagle, President of the ILA, said on Sunday: "We just collected 500 kg of paper from the community. Pixabay

The Indian Ladies Association (ILA), a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based community welfare body, has launched a year-long mission to protect the environment through a series of initiatives, including collection of discarded paper, e-waste, cleaning of beaches and tree planting in Abu Dhabi.

In an interview with Gulf News, Sunita Wagle, President of the ILA, said on Sunday: “We just collected 500 kg of paper from the community. It included used office papers, magazines, books, paper bags, notebooks, textbooks and newspapers copies.”

The ILA has committed to run sustainable environmentally friendly and social awareness campaigns in the community each month and this would continue throughout the year to educate people about the environment and seek their participation in making the world a greener place.

“By the end of October, we will launch our plantation drive to encourage people to plant ghaf and neem trees. We will plant the trees and arrange for their regular irrigation.

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In an interview with Gulf News, Sunita Wagle, President of the ILA, said on Sunday: “We just collected 500 kg of paper from the community.” Pixabay

“The ILA just provides a platform to the community to come forward and participate in the environmentally friendly campaigns,” Wagle added.

The ILA is one of the five Indian community organisations in Abu Dhabi which are registered with the UAE’s Ministry of Community Development.

It was also planning to spread environmental awareness among labourers. As part of the mission, the ILA will visit labour camps to give saplings to workers to plant.

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“We are in the process of obtaining permission from the concerned labour camps,” Wagle told Gulf News. (IANS)