Riyadh: With less than a week for Telangana polls, NRIs from the State working in Gulf countries feel that the welfare schemes implemented by the TRS government in the last four-and-a-half-years will ensure the victory of its candidates in the ensuing elections and eventually form the government in the State.
Telangana NRIs in Gulf countries have been in the forefront to lend a helping hand to the needy in their native villages. The financial assistance to poor families for the marriage of their daughters was one of the prime activities of the NRIs till a couple of years ago.
However, after the formation of the new State, the TRS government launched Kalyana Lakshmi and Shadi Mubarak schemes that proved to be a major success. NRIs especially from marginal class are no longer seeking donations for such marriages as both schemes have come as a boon for the poor.
Every Friday, NRIs meet and discuss general issues and marriage of marriage of young girls was one of the main topics for them till Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak were launched.
Many of the TNRIs in the region are doing odd jobs in construction sector and their contribution for marriages back home are in the region of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
On other hand, financial aid under Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak scheme is more than what NRIs used to send as a helping hand.
“We used to send Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000 for the marriage of poor girls back home, but now TRS government is giving more than what we used to give,” said Mahipal Reddy, hailing from Kamareddy district, who works as a driver in Riyadh.
“We used to collect around Rs 50,000 with great difficulty for helping poor families,” recollected Mohammed Amjad, native of Warangal, working as a salesman in Jeddah.
They add that these schemes alone will fetch more votes for TRS.
TRS government had introduced Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak scheme on October 2, 2014 for SCs, STs and minorities with Rs 51,000 as financial help to families of poor girls, later the amount was enhanced to Rs 75,116 in 2017 and Rs 1,00,116 in 2018.