From Surat to Telangana: The reverse migration is on

Hundreds and thousands of people who left their villages to Surat, Mumbai and Dubai in search of livelihood over three decades ago are slowly coming back. Thanks to the plethora of welfare measures launched by the BRS government, many families are coming back to their native villages.

P Ramulu, a native of Rajula Kothapalli of Mahabubabad district he had migrated to Surat when he was 12 years old three decades ago with his uncle. The life there was pathetic lacking any welfare and basic amenities. According to him, nearly six to seven lakh families are settled in Surat who are living in utter disgust. “Many families from Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar and Sircilla went to Surat. Many from Khammam, Warangal and other districts went to Mumbai and Dubai,” he said.

About 500 families from this Rajula Kothapally migrated to Surat which are now returning one by one. Those in Gujarat wondered when they learnt about the ‘Kalyana Laxmi’ scheme of the Telangana government. Mr Ramulu said about four lakh families came back to Telangana state. “I have three acres of land. I came back after seeing the village tank full of water now. I am also getting Rythu Bandhu benefit,” he said.

Weavers Cooperative workers leader of Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, Avvari Bhaskar said since BJP government came to power, yarn prices have gone up. The centre government should sanction the clusters pending with the textile department. The Central government led by BJP has scrapped all the weavers schemes. It also disbanded National Handloom Board, National Textile Board, National Handicrafts Board, Home for Workshed marketing incentive, National Powerloom Board and eight National Textile Research Centres among others. The decision rendered lakhs of weavers jobless throwing them into penury.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has told umpteen times that all those who migrated should come back now. Things are far better in separate Telangana, he asserted on several fora.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao