7 Indian employees of IL&FS Ethiopia held hostage by local workers over unpaid wages and pension
Ministry of External Affairs is going to instigate an investigation over seven employees being held hostage in IL&FS Ethiopia by local workers due to non-payment of salaries. Cash-strapped IL&FS hasn’t paid taxes and pensions to local workers for nine months. Some of the employees reported the matters on Twitter seeking the help of Indian government, politicians and Foreign MinistryIndia’s Foreign Ministry has called for an investigation into IL&FS Ethiopia after some of its expatriates claimed that they are being kept hostage by local staff owing to non-payment of salary by the cash-strapped firm. Seven Indian employees working at Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd — which defaulted in payments of $12.6 billion — alleged that some of the local workers have detained them since 25 November. They are being held at three different sites in Oromia and Amhara states in Ethiopia, Bloomberg reported citing a letter by the employees addressed Indian and Spanish ambassadors.The problem at handThe issue seems to revolve around the fact that the IL&FS Group canceled some of the road projects which were supposed to be finished by its India-Spain joint venture. Their incompletion spread concern among the local workers according to the Indian employees. Even the Ethiopian police and local officials are empathetic towards the local employees. IL&FS Group’s local partner, Ethiopian Roads Authority, refused to take any action until the local workers are paid according to a tweet by Neeraj Raghuwanshi with a screenshot of email mail seeking help.