Global Thikkodians Forum (GTF) is a WhatsApp community,having networks in six gulf countries.It has roughly 1,600 members.This pravasi group has formed a steel pipe manufacturing company at Naduvannur Mandanakavu Sipco Industrial Park in Kozhikode,said GTF leaders in a press meet,today at Calicut Press Club.
The social network community earned investment through crowd-sourcing. Pravasis (Non-Resident Keralites) from Thikkodi ,working in Bahrain,Dubai,Kuwait,Muscat,and Qatar contributed their small earnings in the group.
In the beginning , the start-up proposal was discussed among the members on WhatsApp. Later,the proposal was introduced in the GTF Global Committee. All these six gulf countries run the units.
Gradually,the group launched a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) company.
The foundation stone of the GTF Steel Pipes and Tubes will be held on November 8. Minister for Industries E.P.Jayarajan will lay the foundation stone. Minister for Excise and Labour T.P.Ramakrishnan will preside over the function.
During a press meet,GTF leaders said that only a minority pravasis earn well in gulf countries.Majority pravasis are struggling to meet their expenses. The life of gulf returnees is also miserable.So,the project will be a blessing to many pravasis belong to Thikkodi,a historically important region in Kozhikode.
Ishaque Koyilil, (Director GTF Steel Pipes and Tubes LLP),Jamsheed Ali (Director,GTF),VT Abdul Latheef (GTF,Qatar),GR Anil (Gen.Secretary,GTF) participated in the press meet.