Chief Minister KCR has been adamantly saying in public that life is getting better in the state of Telangana ever since he came to power. Adding that many people who earlier migrated from the state are returning he went on to mention the rising prices of the land. However, analysts believe that things are not as fancy as KCR keeps saying in open. On the other hand, the Gulf victims’ groups say they are living through the worst conditions where they cannot even retrieve the corpses of their loved ones when an unfortunate incident takes place. Many migrated from Telangana to foreign countries for basic food and shelter.
Many are leaving their home states and flying abroad expecting a better lifestyle, but ending up having similar or bigger problems eventually. There are various videos of those people begging for support from the government. However, the Gulf victims’ associations are incensed at the government often boasting about their successful schemes and welfare plans.
Suicides of farmers and the unemployed are on the rise in the state. The breadwinners are suffering from debt, job notifications are literally nowhere to be seen, and the unemployed are committing suicides. With all this, on one hand, the government is spreading rumors like immigrants returning to Telangana which incensed the locals living in the Gulf countries. Telangana Gulf Workers Association President Nangi Devender Reddy is objecting to the propaganda that those who left are coming back. Speaking with Tolivelugu, he said that it is a blatant lie to say that migration has stopped. On this occasion, he showered questions against the assurances given by KCR.
“During the 2014 elections, the TRS party in its manifesto highlighted the implementation of the NRI policy. But, so far it has not materialized. He also promised to give a special package to the victims. So far not a single rupee has been spent. We are reminded of all this during every budget announcement,” says Devender Reddy, adding that the KCR government does not care.
“So far 2,850 Gulf workers lost their lives and not a single rupee has been paid. KCR particularly said that during the period of joint Andhra Pradesh, Rs 1 lakh and 2 lakhs were given to those workers which will be increased exponentially. However, migration has increased tremendously after coming to Telangana. According to the International Labor Organization, the number of migrants has risen by 18.5. There is no NRI policy, mo Gulf Corporation, no Gulf Board, it is not correct to propagate that TRS is doing well with all these guarantees,” Devender added.
“In the past, Kavitha, and KTR were seen going to the Gulf workers’ camps and eating well and interacting with them, but until now, nothing has been done that made Gulf workers’ lives better,” said Nangi Devender Reddy. Comparing the fate of workers from other states, Devender Reddy concluded that people of the rest of the states are getting great help from their government, while KCR is not even giving a single rupee.