MEA seeks report on IL&FS hostage situation in Ethiopia

ksenia kondratieva Nandana James Mumbai | Updated on December 01, 2018

The infrastructure financing and development company had over the years developed road, township and water-treatment projects in India and abroad.

The Ministry of External Affairs has sought a detailed report from its unit dealing with Ethiopia on the complaint of IL&FS’ Indian employees being held hostage by the local staff since November 24 in the East African country.

A spokesperson for MEA told BusinessLine that action will be taken after getting inputs from the division concerned.

At least seven IL&FS employees are being held hostage in Ethiopia due to non-payment of salaries to the local staff.

A source close to IL&FS said that the new management is not allowing the remittance of money.

IL&FS declined to comment on this.

The seven employees who work for ITNL-Elsamex Jv Bure (a joint venture between IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd and Elsamex S.A.) have been held hostage since November 24.

They took to Twitter to share their grievances after an email sent by them to the Indian Embassy, the Spanish embassy, the Ethiopian Roads Authority and IL&FS failed to prompt any action.

As per the mail one of the stranded employees shared with BusinessLine, the joint venture company has failed to pay the local employees salaries for October and statutory dues (income tax, pensions and withholding tax) for the last eight months.

It stated that as per Ethiopian laws, the person in charge of a project will be held accountable in case of default.

And if he flees, then the people below him are answerable.

Published on November 29, 2018

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