HYDERABAD: Information technology and panchayat raj minister KT Rama Rao has requested Union minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj to initiate a dialogue with US government officials concerned on the deportation of Indian students, most of whom are from the Telugu states. In a letter to Swaraj on Wednesday, Rao said the recent spate of deportations of Indian students by the US government had put a lot of students and their families in distress.
“In the last two months, several students from Telangana state have faced deportation despite having valid visas issued by the US consulate.
Traditionally, the city of Hyderabad has had the maximum share in sending students and skilled workforce to the US,” Rama Rao said.
The state minister told the Union minister that these students took loans to fund their education at the US Universities.
“When the students are summarily deported back to India, their families pass through deep emotional and financial anguish,” Rama Rao said. There seems to be lack of clarity on why US authorities were using high-handed methods to deport these students. Also, there had been media reports saying the students were mistreated by the US authorities, Rama Rao said and requested the external affairs minister to initiate a dialogue with the US authorities concerned on the issue.