Riyadh: In an unprecedented gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared a meal with Indian blue collar workers in Saudi Arabia here.
 
Modi sat down for the meal after addressing a gathering of the workers at the L&T residential complex during which he voiced his appreciation for the hard work they have put in for the development of the Gulf kingdom. PM Modi said, “It is your sweat and toil that has brought me here.” “Your happiness is my happiness and when you are not happy, I also feel the same,” he said.
 
 
L&T is doing around $2 billion worth of work on one line of the $600-billion metro project. There are nearly three million expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia, many of whom are blue collar workers involved in the country’s infrastructure projects. They send around $10 billion in remittances every year making an important contribution to the economy of their homeland.
 
 
“Eating together, hearing each other’s thoughts & experiences… at L&T Workers’ Residential Complex in Saudi Arabia,” the prime minister, who arrived here earlier in the day on a two-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted along with a picture.
 
Indian engineering and infrastructure major L&T is doing around $2 billion worth of work on one line of the $600-billion Riyadh Metro Project. Of the nearly three million expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia, a large number of them are blue collar workers involved in the Gulf kingdom’s various infrastructure projects.
 
Around $10 billion come in as remittances to India from Saudi Arabia every year. Blue collar workers include masons, carpenters, brick-layers and plumbers among others.