The Indian embassy said in a statement yesterday that it had received 1,319 complaints from Indian workers so far this year.
The embassy was, however, vague and gave no details of the complaints, including their nature. In 2014, the total number of complaints from Indian workers was 3,943, it said.
There has been a rise in the number of complaints. In 2013, the total was 3,558, while in 2012 complaints registered with the mission numbered 3,385, the statement said.
Some 18 Indians died between April 1 and April 23, 2015, while the total number of deaths in the community so far this year was 90.
It seems that due to the increasing population of Indians here their death toll has also been increasing. In 2014, 279 Indians died, while the number was 241 in 2013, and 237 in 2012.
The embassy, though, did not give the causes of the deaths. Some 90 Indians were in the central prison, while 142 were at the deportation centre, the embassy said.
Based on requests from Qatari authorities, the mission issued 19 emergency certificates (travel documents) to Indian detainees at the deportation centre in April.
It also gave air tickets to five distressed Indians to return home.
Working under the aegis of the embassy, an Indian community welfare body, the Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF), provided air tickets and medical and financial assistance to several needy Indians this month.
The embassy statement said an “open house” was held at the mission’s premises yesterday and ambassador Sanjiv Arora, Deputy chief of mission R K Singh and other embassy officials met complainants and discussed their problems and assured them that the embassy “would” actively follow up their cases with the Qatari authorities.
The embassy, however, gave no details about the number of complainants or the nature of complaints. ICBF Vice-president Baby Kurien was also present at the monthly “open house”.