Jeddah: Uttam Narasiah, an NRI working in Saudi Arabia, is grief-stricken having lost his wife and daughter in the horrific road accident at Kondagattu in Jagtial district last week.
Like him, there are 18 others NRIs hailing from Shanivarampet, Himmatraopet, Konapur and Ramsagar villages of Kodimial mandal — all working in the Gulf — who lost their dear ones in the worst ever RTC tragedy in the State.
There is a significant number of NRIs working in the Gulf from upland villages in Kodimial, Gangadhara and Vemulawada mandals as they lack water resources. As a result, youth were forced to opt for menial jobs in the construction sector in the Gulf.
Uttam Narsaiah (48), a native of Konapur village, owns a small tract of agriculture land and unsuccessfully attempted to irrigate it by drilling a borewell. Desperate Narsaiah sunk 5 more borewells but of no use. He was trapped in the web of debts that accumulated for drilling borewells.
Leaving the hope of farming in the village, he quit it and flew to Saudi Arabia to work as labour in a construction and maintenance firm.
Tirumani Sudhakar of Ramsagar came to work in Oman as his father, Mutaiah, failed to support the family with his meagre income generated from rain-depended crops. There were hundreds of such people from drought-hit Kodmial mandal working in the Gulf.
After separate Telangana State became a reality, the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s government has been according top priority to farmers. With the redesigning of projects and programme, the TRS government is trying to provide irrigation to upland areas. The redesigning of Sripada Yellampalli Project (SYP) and modernisation of SRSP flood canal are also set to bring smiles on the faces of farmers such as Narsaiah and Sudhakar in rural Telangana. The government plans to utilise 12 tmc through SYP to irrigate 1.65 lakh acres in Rajanna-Sircilla, Karimnagar and Jagtial districts in the second phase.