Dubai: Narendra Modi-led BJP government has abolished the very ministry that was looking after NRI welfare and grievances and thus suppressed the voice of NRIs, said Dr Rama Chandra Khuntia, AICC in-charge for Telangana, on Friday.
Khuntia, who is in Dubai along with TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other senior Congress leaders to meet NRIs, told Telangana Today that Congress was committed to the welfare of Gulf NRI workers.
Amid heated discussion on poll alliance back home in India, leaders came for a day’s visit to Dubai to express their solidarity with Gulf NRIs.
He said that BJP at the Centre and TRS in State had failed to address the issues of blue collar NRI workers.
He also revealed that Congress would accord comprehensive insurance scheme in Telangana, if voted to power, for returning NRIs which was need of the hour in Gulf countries. Khuntia said that Congress would introduce rehabilitation scheme for those workers.
Khuntia ridiculed BJP for abolishing overseas Indian affairs ministry at the Central level and merging it with Ministry of External Affairs that had deprived an appropriate grievance forum, he added.
He said that BJP government had indulged in false publicity through Twitter for NRI issues where most of the grievances remained unsolved.
He also said that Congress government would enhance the legal aid scheme for Gulf NRIs.
Khuntia, TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, AICC secretary Madhu Yashki Goud, Opposition leader in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir and CLP deputy leader in Assembly T Jeevan Reddy arrived in Dubai on Friday to attend Deepawali celebration hosted by Telangana Congress NRI SV Reddy.
Khuntia, Uttam Kumar Reddy and Madhu Yashki were scheduled to arrive in Dubai on Thursday night. However, lengthy and critical discussions on seat-sharing and ticket allotment for Telangana Assembly elections delayed their departure, said sources.
Uttam Kumar Reddy and other leaders visited some labour camps where they interacted with Telangana NRIs.