Jeddah: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s proposed visit to Gulf region to convince the immigrants from Telangana to return to the State is likely to be of much interest for lakhs of people who are working in Gulf countries. The six-nation Arabian Gulf block has long been an important destination for lakhs of unskilled and skilled workers from Telangana, especially in the construction sector.
The reverse migration calls by Chief Minister KCR comes at a time when scores of Telangana youth are losing their jobs every day in the region. Moreover, the slowdown in the Gulf economy for last few years and changing policies of different countries to encourage employment of local labour instead of people coming from different countries has a direct impact on the workforce hailing from Telangana.
A job in a Gulf country has always charmed youngsters and middle-aged people alike, who many a time, used all available means including illegal methods to get into these countries. The tragedies that struck a number of unfortunate aspirants and tales of horrendous treatment meted out to them were no deterrent for chasing their dreams. The glitter of petro dollars still attracts a large number of Telangana youth in general and of Hyderabad and North Telangana in particular.
However, the situation appeared to be changing with the kind of development witnessed in Telangana and offer higher wages is making many think about going back to Telangana State. The Chief Minister’s call for the Gulf migrants to return in view of the ample opportunities back home and the hardships faced is being welcomed. KCR also managed to instil confidence among the Gulf migrants working in construction industry, by assuring that those returning to their home State would be trained in in National Academy of Construction (NAC). This training is expected to facilitate them get jobs.
Welcoming KCR’s “Ghar Wapsi” call, Hariprasad Chellamhetty, an entrepreneur in Bahrain, said that it was a daring call only a dynamic KCR could give. He opined that it could change the perception of Gulf among unskilled construction workers. Endorsing the view of KCR, Sridhar Abbagoni, a prominent Telangana activist in Qatar, said that it was right time for reverse migration process and should start with unskilled and semi skilled labour. He hailed the TS government move saying it was in the right direction for the welfare of economically backward NRIs.
Commenting on Chief Minister’s proposed visit, Tota Ramkumar, prominent Telangana businessman in Dubai, said that Telangana was having bright future than Dubai.