Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive? Good for them, Not so good for Indian workforceMost of us would have seen these headlines Saudi Arabia allow women to drive cars. This is apparently the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. This is seen as a major change towards gender equality in Saudi.
Now the bad news. It's quoted that currently there are many Indians(mostly from Kerala) working in Saudi Arabia as drivers attached to a home or one family or driving cars with women as a major chunk of their fares every day.
This is expected to reduce the demand for these so called home drivers from Kerala, India. This comes on the back of an earlier ruling in Saudi Arabia that 50% of the mobile phone shops to Saudi Nationals. Already the Kerala government has doubled the budget for the expatriates who have lost their jobs and coming back to India.
The common reason for expatriates to work abroad is to earn more and have a better life. now when they come back are we, the tax payers who stayed back in India justified is supporting them. Apart from their remittances, I'm not sure how the common man benefited.
This may be a sensitive issue but I can see people objecting once expatiates come back from various parts of the world and burden our existing social support system.