Following consecutive years of drought, Naik, migrated to Kerala in search of a job six months ago.
ANANTAPUR: K.Venkatesh Naik, a small farmer from Nallamada in Anantapur district, is one of many who looked relieved and happy to be back in his native tribal village after he returned from Kerala. Following consecutive years of drought, Naik, migrated to Kerala in search of a job six months ago. He returned home two days ago to celebrate Ugadi with his family members. “My old mother and my children continue to stay in the village while I migrated to Kerala along with my wife. I’ve returned home to celebrate this important festival,” said Naik.
Naik and thousands of migrant farmers and labourers returned to their native places to spend some time with their family members on the occasion of Ugadi. Sources say at least 3 lakh small farmers and farm labourers migrated to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in search of gainful employment following drought conditions in Anantapur district. During a recent visit by the media and the CPI, a large number of small farmers were seen taking shelter on the footpaths in Pondi-cherry. A majority of them opted for Pondicherry to keep away from locals.
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