Hyderabad, 11 May 2022: GMR Hyderabad International Airport, in partnership with Telangana Overseas Manpower Company Limited (TOMCOM) today launched a 24*7 Migrant Help Desk dedicated to vulnerable migrants travelling abroad, especially to Kuwait and Qatar on trial basis. The migrant help desk was operationalized by Chief Guest Smt Rani Kumudini, IAS, Special Chief Secretary in presence of Mr Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GHIAL and other senior officials from the airport community. Committed to raise awareness about safe and legal migration, the help desks will help and guide vulnerable migrants like domestic workers, housemaids and laborers to name a few about proper documentation and paperwork needed for emigration clearance. The Migrant Help desk is available at the international departure terminal and will work round the clock.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr Pradeep Panicker, CEO-GHIAL said, “In the last few years we have seen a gradual rise of outbound migrant workforce travelling from Hyderabad to the Middle-East. Quite often, most of these migrant workers are ignorant of the procedures and documentation needed for emigration clearance and other purposes. The presence of a dedicated migrant help desk will help in scrutinizing the documents of the travellers, impart awareness, and guide the passengers in emigration clearance. I would like to thank Smt Rani Kumudini, IAS, Special Chief Secretary and the TOMCOM team for supporting such a noble initiative. GMR Hyderabad International Airport has been providing a safe and secure environment for passengers, visitors, and the airport community alike. This initiative will strengthen the passenger confidence.”
Every year, thousands of blue-collar workers travel to Middle-East countries from Telangana in search of jobs. Sometimes they are duped by agents who collect huge amount of money from them. To counter this, Telangana Overseas Manpower Company Ltd (TOMCOM) was formed by the Govt. of Telangana to cater to the needs of Telangana youth aspiring to travel abroad to seek employment.