A 47-year-old Indian man, who stayed in the UAE without any documents for over 13 years, has been repatriated home after getting a waiver of half a million Dirhams (Rs 1,00,21,000) in visa dues, according to a media report on Tuesday.
Pothugonda Medi, a migrant labourer from Telangana, approached the Indian Consulate in Dubai after he lost his job following the coronavirus outbreak, the Gulf News reported.
“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,” Jithendra Negi, Consul, Labour and Consular, at the Indian Consulate, was quoted as saying by the paper.
Mr Pothugonda told the Indian mission that he had come to the Gulf on a visit visa in 2007, however his agent abandoned him soon after.
The agent had not returned