DUBAI: A 47-year-old Indian man who stayed in the UAE without any documents for 13 years returned home after the UAE waived more than ₹1 crore in overstay fine.
Pothugonda Medi, a migrant labourer from Telangana told the Indian consulate that he’d come to UAE in 2007, but the agent who brought him abandoned him and had not returned his passport.
The repatriation of the Indian worker became possible after he sought help from the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, he came to us as he could not find any odd jobs that he used to do earlier for his survival,” said Jithendra Negi, consul (Labour and Consular) at the Indian Consulate.
The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 399 people with over 80,000 confirmed cases in the UAE so far.