29-10-201929-10-2019 12:05:26 IST
2019-10-29T06:35:26.125Z29-10-2019 2019-10-29T06:35:22.374Z - - 09-04-2020
The death of construction worker Polepally Venkatesh, a construction worker from Guntur who killed himself earlier this month over lack of work has raised a political war in the state. The video that he recorded before killing himself surfaced on Monday, sparking a debate on the low employment levels in the construction sector in the state.
"The situation is not good. There is no work. I don’t have the means to provide for my wife and children," said Venkatesh who added that he was without any work for the past four months.
According to the police, Venkatesh had taken his life on October 2. Venkatesh's wife Raashi reportedly told media that he had been depressed as their one-year-old son was sick, and they were unable to provide him with proper treatment.
The opposition parties targetted the ruling YSCRP over the matter and claimed that the government's sand policy was behind the slump in the works in the construction sector. The opposition said that the plight of Venkatesh is similar to that of thousands of other construction workers in the state which highlighted the government's inefficiency.
Earlier on Friday, Naga Brahmaji, a construction supervisor from Sangam Jagarlamudi in Tenali Mandal had also taken his life. P Venkat Rao, another worker from Mangalagiri was also reportedly found to have killed himself on the same day.
“It’s heartbreaking to see workers who’ve been unemployed for five months take their lives out of grief, unable to see their families starving. At least after seeing this video where he says suicides are the only solution, the government must wake up and compensate the workers who have lost their jobs," said the leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu who also shared Venkatesh's video on Twitter.
Earlier on Sunday, Janasena Chief Pawan Kalyan had also tweeted on the death of Naga Bramhaji and blamed the sand policy of Andhra Pradesh for the death.
"The suicide of ‘Mr. Naga brahmaji’ reflects the grim situation of construction workers in the state of AP; due to ‘chaotic sand policy’ of AP govt has put 19.6 lakh workers directly & another one million workers indirectly out of job & put their families in a state of misery," he tweeted.
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