Problems of Indian expats to be solved, says AP CM

DUBAI — The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy has assured migrant workers from the southern Indian state working in the UAE, that their problems would be addressed to the Central government and effective measures will be taken to alleviate their sufferings.

By Prerna Suri

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Published: Mon 11 Jul 2005, 10:23 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

Dr Reddy, who is on a week-long, three-nation tour, made these remarks at a Press meet organised by the Indian consulate yesterday.

"Some of our boys here are deceived by unscrupulous agents in India who give them the promise of good jobs. Sadly, the reality is very different," he said. "It is a very pathetic state of affairs with many of them taking the extreme step of killing themselves in frustration," he remarked, referring to the high rate of suicides in the UAE from the state.

"I will discuss with the Central government some of the issues affecting them here including the need to be more vigilant at the airports," said the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, which has the highest number of migrant workers coming to the Gulf from India, after Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

During his one-day visit to the UAE, Dr Reddy and his delegation held discussions with General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister; Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties; Mohammed Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding; and Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, CEO of Dubai Interet City, on mutual areas of cooperation.

"We basically came here to explore the possibilities of cooperation in new areas with the UAE government apart from the present ones. The UAE looks at India as a favoured destination for cooperation, and many new areas, particularly Andhra Pradesh, have been examined," said Dr Reddy.

Some of the special projects that were discussed included the building of special economic zones, an eight-lane 160km outer ring road outside Hyderabad and a knowledge corridor over 20,000 acres of land.

"The knowledge corridor would be a hub for IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies," he informed.

"Emaar Properties, which has begun work on a Rs500 crore joint venture project in Andhra Pradesh, including a world-class international convention centre, is seriously exploring more investment opportunities in the state," said Dr Reddy. "In fact, Mr Alabbar also offered to send a team from the UAE to study the municipalities in Andhra Pradesh and suggest how to improve basic amenities in the state such as waste disposal management."

The chief minister then addressed a large gathering of the Andhra community where he was felicitated by the Rasamayi organisation.

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