Bengaluru: J R Lobo raises Qatar Kannadigas' concerns in Assembly, CM assures support


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Jun 18: Responding to the calling attention motion raised by Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo drawing attention about the ongoing blockade of Qatar by neighbouring nations Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and others and its possible ramifications on sizeable Kannadiga populace in Qatar, chief minister Siddaramaiah has assured that, if the blockade snowballs further, the government is committed to these Kannadigas and that the Indian Embassy is all geared up to provide all possible help to these people.

It pertinent to note that despite severing of political and diplomatic relations with Qatar by a few neighbouring nations and blocking air, sea and land links, the government of Qatar has done yeoman’s efforts in ensuring the safety and welfare of all the expats working and living in Qatar by taking counter measures on war footing in order to keep the normal supply of food grains and other necessary items by opening up newer channels of supply without giving any opportunity to rise in prices of essential commodities. Over 2 million expats of various nationalities living in Qatar have vouched their support to Qatar as Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar and his government have taken sufficient measures to cast away any feeling of fear and uncertainty from the minds of the Qatar residents. Yet many fear of greater uncertainty and difficulties if the present stand-off continues for longer period.

Keeping this in mind, MLA J R Lobo who has visited Qatar a few times after being elected MLA and has initiated and coordinated various efforts that are of great benefit to NRIs, had requested CM Siddaramaiah to provide required help including rehabilitation, if required, through the NRI Forum set up for the purpose by the state government.

J R Lobo who is visibly concerned about the uncertainty and turmoil faced by Kannadigas in Qatar has also assured the various Kannada organisations in Qatar of his government rendering all possible help in this hour of crisis. As a first step towards this J R Lobo raised the issue in the state Assembly during the recently held monsoon session which was concluded on June 16.

In a calling attention motion, J R Lobo raised the issue of the uncertainty faced by Kannadigas working in Qatar and had requested CM Siddaramaiah to respond favourably to the needs of these Kannadigas, in case of any worst scenario. He requested the state government to provide rehabilitation, compensation and other necessary facilities through the NRI Forum set up by the state government to these people, if need arises.

Responding to the calling attention motion the chief minister assured that the government is committed to these Kannadigas and that the Indian Embassy is all geared up to provide all possible help to these people. In a written response in the form of a letter to J R Lobo to his call attention motion, Siddaramaiah assured that the state government has come out with a dedicated NRI Policy on January 1, 2017 and accordingly all facilitates will be given to Indians working in Qatar as and when required. In his letter the chief minister also said that the vice-president of NRI Forum of Karnataka has already got in touch with Indian Embassy in Qatar and the embassy has promised to accord all possible help to Indians in Qatar.

It may be recalled that as chairman of Backward Castes and Minority Community Welfare Committee J R Lobo had submitted the report to the chief minister and the same was presented in the state Assembly on February 7 and 9 this year. In the report J R Lobo had requested the government to allot Rs 50 crore for taking up various programmes and welfare measures for the NRIs of Karnataka as per the Kerala model. Responding to this request the government had allotted Rs 50 crore to the NRI forum in its budget for 2017-18.

J R Lobo has also assured the various Kannada organisations and individuals who called him following the crisis that the government is committed to ensure their safety and wellbeing and will do everything to deal with the crisis.

Qatar is a favorite destination for many Kannadigas especially those from the coastal regions of the state. More than 6 lac Indians are working in Qatar region and a sizeable of them are from Karnataka. Though the recent unexpected crisis has created panic amongst the expats, the initiatives and efforts by the Qatar government have proved that the Qatari Emir and government are committed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each resident and that they will take care that the diplomatic and political crisis has minimum bearing on those who are working and living in Qatar.

 

  

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    In my opinion, everything would be normal in course of time. It's just that Qatar is trying to be good with every county & all the factions. Also Qatar is sharing gas field with Iran and it doesn't want to anger the latter because gas filed is the main source of income for them. Iran is too big for them not to be good with.

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  • k b r, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Mostly kannadigas in Gulf states including qatar are from Mangalore Udupi , i.e. basically tulu kannadigas.

    Language groups such as Ka Ra Ve as well Tu Ra Ve should also take up this issue with government.

    Congratulations to Mr Lobo for espousing this cause.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    This is a serious issue which will effect not only Kannadigas but many others too. There is no use pointing fingers at each other drawbacks. Try to solve it amicably with each other's help.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    A fine person doing a fine job.... A PEOPLE FRIENDLY MAN STANDING BY THE PEOPLE. Mr. J.R. Lobo is doing whatever he can for the people who he represents.

    On this occasion I join scores of people in wishing J.R. ..' A VERY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.

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  • Sivaramakrishnan, Ullal/Qatar

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Thanks for the concern by Lobo. The problem we have is the Indian Embassy which is as corrupt as any other government organisation in India. Visiting Indian Embassy is like visiting a rural police station. Therefore, govenment should start a plan to airlift Indians in case of emergency independent of embassy. We all know that situation may become critical in few days and also we know that embassy will be of little help other than soliciting money to fill unnecessary paper work. Those who have family in Qatar, please be ready to receive them

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    @ Mr. Sivaramakrishnan,
    Embassy will not straighten up until and unless there is pressure from New Delhi. I suggest you tweet about this issue to Sushmaji.

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  • Victor Nobby Sequeira, Damaskatta / Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Dear Santan, your words "father also is very important person and without him children are like plants without roots" really touched my heart. I miss my father - I believe he is in Heaven.

    Indeed it's nice of our MLA Mr. J R Lobo to take such initiatives / care & concern about the Kannadigas in Qatar. May God bless him with good health/strength/ability to do good to the people.

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  • Richard Moras, Bejai,Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    J.R.Lobo is simple, honest and hard working.We want him to represent Mangalore South constituency by winning the next assembly election.

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  • dk shetty, mangalore/Oman

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    I agree Lobo Maam is the rare political leaders who does his work silently, without craving for recognition nor publicity.

    He should be the chief minister candidate from our tulunadu. As he has no excess bagggage under his name, he has clean image and a people centric approach makes him darling of all communities.

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  • Comman, Man

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Dear
    This silence make big mistake... example now what we are bearing because of MAN MOHAN SINGH silence.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Being in politics you should be loud and audible.
    If you are scared of responsibilities and scams, you will not be doing anything thus failing peoples' faith on you. When you don't do any work, your shirt looks clean!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    As long as we have Sushma - No need to worry ...

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  • Mohan, Bengaluru

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Good initiative by Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo.We need people like you to represent us.May God bless you

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  • tom cat, mumbai , manglore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    JR Lobo is doing a good job about Qatar kannadigas.

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  • Arun Kumar, Doha/Udupi

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Please give some facilities ( like loan to make some small business) to live in our mother land. Kerala govt. better than our government. They gives lot of facilities to NRI.

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  • Reader, Shirva,/Dubai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Thank you Mr. J R Lobo. Loan will be given only to Mallya, Ambani and Adani. NRI sending money to bank to give loan to these people. Like NORKA we need a strong forum to raise issues.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Mr.J.R. Lobo who became the COMMISSIONER of the Mangalore city corporation twice has a clear vision about Mangalore .He has great ideas.Next time he should be made the minister for his intelligence and hard work.

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  • Irshad Ahmed, Ullal

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Mr.Lobo is Man of Vision. He is the only MLA working hard to develop Mlore. We need like you as our representation

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    You mean to say Bava and Khadar are useless?

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Why cant you compare with shoba and nalin ?????????

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Kas,
    In Mangalore we have only three MLAs representing Mangalore north, Mangalore and mangalore South. JR Lobo, Bava and UT Khadar.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Today is the 3rd Sunday of June and is the "Father's Day". My children wished me "Happy Father's Day" as usual, but, what touched me is our neighborhood Muslim girl who told me, "Happy Father's Day Uncle". She told me her father is in Qatar and he provides them shelter, cloth and food. She also told me, people are taking father for granted,but, when something goes wrong then only people remember a father. She told me to pray for her father's safety. I wish all men reader' s "Happy Father's Day". I now realize, father also is very important person and without him children are like plants without roots.

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  • Ronald dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Thank you Mr.Lobo atleast you have concerns about Kannadigas.

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  • Rajesh Mlore, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Great work by Our hard working MLA

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    I would have agreed with you if you have not missed the two letters 'LY' from an appropriate word in your sentence!!

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  • Dinesh Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Shankar

    I would have agreed if we have received 15 lakhs and acche din..

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    So much concern.. why ???
    first bring down these airline fares which charge astronomical charges for cattle class travel.
    kudos to the present central govt for at least trying to close down air India.
    he must be worried becoz his close kin must be their.

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  • Praveen, Mlore/ dubai

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Arun, atleast Lobo is concern of people, he is not going to cut ribbons like other people for photo.

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  • Prasanna, Bajpe/Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Mr Praveen.

    You mean like Pappu..

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 18 2017

    Prasanna Bajpe, Have you heard about Shobha and Nalin and their work done if any??? One should not hesitate to appreciate good work done immaterial of cast or party affiliation!

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