NEW DELHI: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday announced that she will send a minister to Saudi Arabia to try and bring back more than 10,000 Indian workers who are facing a "food crisis" because they are unable to afford meals after being laid off from their jobs.

Minister of State with the EAM, VK Singh, will travel to Saudi Arabia next week, while MJ Akbar, also MoS with the EAM, will take up the issue with the authorities in the two Middle Eastern countries, saying the government was monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.

The Indian consulate and community in Saudi Arabia also distributed food on Saturday night among Indians who lost their job and were on the brink of starvation in the Kingdom.