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Woman professionals chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ during PM Modi’s TCS visit in Riyadh

India TV News Desk 03 Apr 2016, 13:45:49 IST
India TV News Desk

Riyadh: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday paid a visit to an arm of Indian IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a rare all women workplace in Riyadh.

PM was received with a warm wlecome at the BPO centre where several women professionals were seen taking selfies with the Prime Minister.

Crowd also chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and Modi Modi during PM's visit.

The organisation employs 1000 women work in BPO Operations, 85% of whom are Saudi Nationals.

In the strictly conservative country where women are not even allowed to drive, this is the first such private company office where women are working in such large numbers.

Women constitute just 18 per cent of the labour force in Saudi Arabia, up 5 per cent in the last decade or so.
 TCS is also the only foreign employer with an all-women workplace in the kingdom.

Addressing the gathering, PM MOdi said,"I am meeting those professionals who are now the glory of Saudi Arabia."

"This atmosphere that I am witnessing here today has the potential to give a strong reply to the world," PM Modi said.

Inviting the woman professinals to India, PM said, "All of you must come to India, I assure you a very warm reception."

Earlier, immediately after his arrival here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had visited the Masmak fortress, a clay and mud-brick complex built around 1865, that is a major symbol of recapture of power by the Al Saud royal dynasty which has been running the country for over a century.