3/16/2018 1:40:03 PM (GMT+3)

Indian workers at FIFA 2022 World Cup stadiums praise Qatar

Indian workers at FIFA 2022 World Cup stadiums praise Qatar

DOHA, Qatar: India has always made a significant contribution in Qatar’s growth, but currently the Indian workers and labourers employed at the different construction sites are bolstering the oil & gas-rich nation to roll out the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums.  

Recently, around 1000 workers including Indians, attended an outdoor educational activation event at Al Khor Sports Park.

Gurmail Singh, who hails from Punjab, is a carpenter at the Al Wakrah Stadium site.

“I thank the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for looking after my health through periodic medical tests,” said the 58-year-old. “Health is important and I want to spend a healthy life when I return home after couple of years later.”  

The SC, the 2022 FIFA World Cup organisers, has always stressed on the importance of workers’ welfare.  

“We are realising that potential through the significant progress that we have made on workers’ welfare and our efforts are being recognised by the international community and civil society,” said SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi Al Thawadi. “The World Cup bid has inspired fundamental progress in the sphere of human rights in Qatar.”

Jitendra Shah, a carpenter Al Rayyan Stadium site, said the SC’s nutritional programme can help them get a quality life during his post-retirement years. 

“I have a 17-year-old daughter in India who will finish her school. I want to continue her education. I also have two sons. I want them to enroll at a computer course which can help them in their career in Mumbai or Delhi,” said Shah.

The SC and Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers formed in 2016, ensures Qatar’s World Cup stadiums and accommodation facilities of workers on projects maintain rigorous health and safety standards as stipulated in the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards (WWS).

“My employer is helping me realise my goals by looking after my health. I respect their efforts,” added the 38-year-old.