Thanks to the rigorous efforts of the Central and Telangana state government, sixteen Telangana labourers, who were stranded in Iraq for more than two years, returned to India on Saturday. The labourers hailed from different regions of Telangana. Their agents cheated them and sent them to the Middle Eastern country on the fake promise of finding work for them.
While speaking to a news agency, one of the rescued labourers said, "I had been stranded in Iraq for years and faced severe problems. I was sent there on a tourist visa by an agent who promised me I would find work there."
"My visa soon got expired and I was stranded there." the labourer then added.
The matter came into notice when the labourers took to their social media accounts and posted videos addressed to the Telangana government, asking for help. They spoke about the problems and hardships that faced upon leaving India. The labourers had also appealed to the government to help them come back home to India.
After the videos spread on social media, the Telangana government sprung into action. Concerned authorities coordinated with the Central government to reach out to the labourers and arrange for their repartition to India.
In a similar incident that took place in January, four women hailing from Andhra Pradesh had also susccessfully appealed to the state government for their early repatriation from Kuwait.
Earlier in the day, Minister in the Telangana Government K. T. Rama Rao had also taken to his official Twitter handle and had welcomed the labourers back to India.
Delighted to be of some help for these guys. Welcome back home 👍 https://t.co/6ewHEseGFq— KTR (@KTRTRS) February 13, 2020
(With Agency Inputs)