Hyderabad: In its third successive year of drought, Telangana has seen massive migration to cities like Hyderabad by people from far flung districts, all in search of livelihood.
Narsinghi, a small area in the Ranga Reddy district, houses many of these migrants. In a quarter acre-compound, which shelters more than 20 families, live Raju and his brother Keshav who had moved to Narsinghi with their wives and children after their paddy fields dried up.
Water in their village, now seems like a myth, they say. “There is no water there. That’s why we are here now,” Raju said.
Rameshwari, Raju’s wife, told NDTV that they had no other option but to move. “Because there are no rains, we have no work there.
We came with our kids to the city. We have three acres of land back home, but we left that and looks like we can’t work there either. We have left the elders of the family and have come here to make a living,” she said.
Independent estimates say that as many as 30 lakh people may have migrated to Hyderabad this year just from four adjoining districts. Those migrating live precariously on the edge, even in the cities, in the absence of any social security measures.
But the government denies that the migration this year had been unprecedented. It hopes to scale up its employment guarantee programme NREGA, which will stem the rush into Hyderabad to find livelihood.
“Migration is not unprecedented this year. Unlike ever in the last 10 years, we have given jobs to 12 lakh job seekers, which is an all-time record. But the drought is something that is definitely severe,” KT Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, told NDTV.