KCR wants migrant labour in Gulf countries to return

 thehindu.com  10/12/2019 17:22:28 

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday announced that he would soon visit Gulf countries to appeal to migrant population from Telangana to return home as there was enough work for them to make a living in the State.

Mr. Rao declared his plan at an official meeting ahead of the visit of top officers of the State government to Kerala on Sunday to study the implementation of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) policy of that State government. Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, Chief Advisor to State government Rajeev Sharma, Principal Secretary in the Chief Ministers office S. Narasing Rao and Principal Secretary of General Administration Department Adhar Sinha will leave for Kerala.

A release quoted Mr. Rao as taking note that the migrant population from Telangana that left for Gulf countries to support their families faced hardship there.

People from Karimnagar, Nizamabad and other districts who went there settled down to do whatever work they were offered. However, they earned poor salaries.

Living conditions

As there was a vast change in living conditions in Telangana after formation of the State, the migrants were in a position to access more employment opportunities here. The construction activity, particularly, in Hyderabad had gone up steeply. The builders engaged services of workers from other places as they did not get the manpower locally. It reflected a contrasting picture as people migrated from Telangana in search of work while the State itself looked to the outside world to mobilise workers, Mr. Rao said.

In these circumstances, he added the State government aimed to ensure the return of its migrant population and train them in construction at the National Academy of Construction. It was decided to accommodate them in construction work sites in consultation with real estate developers and builders. Therefore, he will make the point personally to the migrants during his tour. He will also hold a meeting with MLAs representing constituencies from where the workers went abroad.

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