On a question about the alleged rape of Nepalese housemaids by a Saudi diplomat, the minister said the matter has been taken up with Saudi Arabia and it was under investigation by the Indian law enforcement agencies. "Any further action will have to await the results of the investigation," he said, adding the case is being dealt with considering provisions of the Vienna Convention relating to immunity for foreign diplomats.
Replying to a separate question, Singh said government has been actively taking necessary measures for introduction of Hindi as one of the official languages of the UN. He said the total cost provisioned by the UN on providing services in all six official languages of the world body would be around $492 million for the current biennium 2014-15. The cost for provision of services in one languages would be $41 million per annum. To another question, he said a total of 6,749 Indians are languishing in jails in 71 foreign countries. He said 240 prisoners were in Pakistani jails who are believed to be Indians out of which 192 are fishermen. In addition, 74 missing Indian defence personnel are also believed to be in Pakistan.