08/01/2021 Telangana: Migrant workers lose Gulf jobs in pandemic, stare at bleak future | Cities News,The Indian Express Home India World Cities Opinion Sports EXPRESS REVIEW Entertainment Lifestyle Tech Videos Explained Audio SUBSCRIBE Epaper Sign in Kaagaz: Pan distressingly In the last couple of months, Parkipandla's organisation has been on a ‘Gulf Bharosa Yatra,’ visiting gulf returnees to offer help and support. As scores of Indian migrant workers got stuck in the Gulf when the coronavirus pandemic broke out early last year, forty-four-year-old Mamda Ashok considered himself lucky. For 12 years, Ashok, who hails from Telangana’s Nirmal district, had been working in Kuwait. It was just before the pandemic-induced lockdown came into effect that he was sanctioned a three-month holiday from the car wash station where he worked. Come February 26, Ashok will complete a year being out of employment. He did not receive months of pending salary and end-of-service benefits. Like Ashok, over 20,000 migrant workers from across Telangana have lost their jobs in the Gulf owing to the pandemic and face an uncertain future, says Swadesh Parkipandla, president of Pravasi Mitra Labour Union. Read |The long walk of India’s migrant workers in Covid-hit 2020 Ashok, who now lives with his wife back home, said: “I have studied only till class 4. The only reason why I worked for so many years in the Gulf, despite the hardships, was the money. Though I was earning only around Rs 12,000 a month, the fact remains that I am yet to pay up Rs 2 lakh out of the Rs 7 lakh loan I took to go there.” https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/hyderabad/telangana-migrant-workers-lose-gulf-jobs-in-pandemic-7136584/ 2/13

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