The Gulf immigrants and their family members staged a dharna under the aegis of Indian Gulf immigrants’ rights and welfare forum in front of the Collectorate here on Tuesday demanding special package for the relief and rehabilitation of Gulf returnees.

Forum president K.Narasimha Naidu, general secretary L. Veeragopal and others participated in the dharna along with those who returned from the Gulf.

Demands

Expressing concern over the plight of the returnees and people living in the Gulf, they demanded that the government constitute a special Ministry for the welfare of Gulf immigrants.

They also sought ‘pavalavaddi’ loans to the returnees for their rehabilitation.

Ex gratia sought

Demanding an ex gratia of Rs. 3 lakh to the bereaved family members of Gulf victims, they also urged the government to bring back the dead bodies of Gulf victims at the cost of the government expenditure. They also appealed to the government to ensure the safe return of migrants lodged in various jails in the Gulf nations. They also demanded that the government arrest fake agents.