Telangana man returns home from Dubai: A gulf migrant who was grounded in Dubai for the last 16 years because he didn’t have any passport, finally reunited with his family in Telangana on Tuesday. A heavy fine of 1.46 lakh Dirhams which is approximately Rs. 29 lakhs was dropped by the UAE administration under its ongoing forgiveness scheme launched during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Neela Yellaiah, a migrant who belongs to Chinthamanpalli village in Kamareddy District, had gone to UAE in 2004 to work as a laborer in a construction company. Due to some unfavorable conditions, he left the company and lived in Dubai and Sharjah for the last 16 years, doing different jobs.
How Yellaiah come back to India after 16 years?
Rupesh Mehta who volunteers with the ‘Jain Seva Mission’ (JSM), a social service organization got to know about Neela Yellaiah’s difficulty and helped him get an emergency certificate (temporary passport) from the Indian Consulate in Dubai. In a press release, the organization said that the issuance of the temporary passport was delayed because of the nonavailability of old passport details of Yellaiah when he entered the UAE, 16 years ago.
On the request of the migrant worker wife, the Hyderabad Passport Office searched for the old passport (2004) details in their database. The details were then shared with the Consulate General of India (CGI) in Dubai, which made it easier to issue the temporary passport. Jitender Singh Negi and Harjeet Singh Labour Consuls at CGI, Dubai helped in this regard. The consulate also provided a free air ticket to the Man from Dubai to Hyderabad.
Heavy Fine dropped off
According to the UAE immigration regulations, all those who live with an expired visa and living illegally in the UAE have to give 25 UAE Dhirams that is approximately Rs. 500 per day. In this case, Yellaiah has to pay up 1.46 Lakh Dirhams which is approximately Rs 26 lakhs as a penalty for residing 16 years illegally in UAE.
After the efforts made by the social worker in collaboration with the Indian Consulate, the penalty was dropped and an exit permit to leave the UAE was issued to him. The short term forgiveness that started on May 18 for three months has now been extended till November 17.
His arrival in the country!!
He arrived at Hyderabad on Monday late night and welcomed by E Chittibabu, the officer-in-charge of the state’s NRI cell.
Considering his mental and physical situation he was allowed to be home quarantine along with his wife Rajavva and other family members. He reached his native village on Tuesday. Yellaiah’s daughter who was a newborn when he left for Dubai, is now herself a mother.