Special Correspondent

Telugus 2nd largest Indian expatriate community in Bahrain

Samiti offers its premises with all facilities

HYDERABAD: Given the increasing incidents of exploitation of skilled and unskilled job seekers from the State in the Middle East and Gulf, a Bahrain-based socio cultural organisation, Telugu Kala Samiti has sought the State government’s intervention in formulating regulations to safeguard their interests.

A delegation from the Samiti led by its president V. Raghunadha Babu met Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Higher Education and NRI Affairs Minister D. Sridhar Babu and submitted a representation for setting up a special NRI support cell to address the grievances of 50,000 Telugus working there.

The team apprised the government about the issues related to NRIs from the State and the plight of blue collared workers in Bahrain.

Telugus were the second largest Indian expatriate community in Bahrain.

Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, Mr. Raghunadha Babu and Samiti members Murali Krishna and Joel said the Chief Minister and the NRI Affairs Minister responded favourably to their suggestion to set up the NRI support cell.

Kala Samiti also offered its own premises with all facilities to house the NRI cell for Middle East in Bahrain.

They emphasised the need for a cell to monitor and counsel the blue collared workers travelling to Middle East from the State to help them go better prepared for working conditions abroad. Such an intervention would protect them from being taken for a ride by unscrupulous agents.