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72 Odia Migrant Labourers Rescued From Abroad In Last One Year, Help Desks & Toll Free No Set Up For Assistance


23 July 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: The State Government during the year 2018 to March 2019 has rescued 72 Odia migrant labourers from abroad, informed Labour Minister Susanta Singh on Tuesday.

62 among them have been rescued from Saudi Arabia, five from Malaysia, two from Kuwait and one each from Muscat, Bahrain, Dubai. In the same year, 2741 licenses have been issued to contractors providing jobs to 1,28,348 workers.

The following measures have been taken by the State Government to ensure safety and welfare of migrant labourers:

1) The Labour Department has opened “Odisha Prabasi Shramika Sahayata Desk” (help desks) in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi to assist the migrant labourers in the respective places. Proposals have also been made to set up the desks in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

2) The Government has taken active steps in rescuing 1387 migrant labourers from other States and has repatriated them back to Odisha in the year 2018-19. During the devastating Kerala floods, 745 Odia labourers also returned home safely in a special designated coach of a train.

3) Provisions for voluntary registration at panchayat-level, Anti- Human Trafficking Units at district-level, and seasonal residential schools for children of migrant labourers have been set up at Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Nuapada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Khurda. Along with that, widespread awareness programs are also being conducted. Toll-free numbers 155368 (inside Odisha) and 18003456703 (outside Odisha) have also been issued.

4) Migrant Support and Resource Centres have been established at Bolangir’s Kantabanji, Bargarh’s Padmapur and Khurda’s Balugaon that inform the labourers of the travel requirements, minimum wages, and helpline numbers.

5) Labour Commissioner, Labour Officer and Consultant of State Coordination Cell have visited also other States like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to hold discussions and address the issues faced by migrant labourers.

6)  District administrations of Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Nuapada, Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Khurda have been intimated via video conferencing to ensure that income-generating programs are conducted in full-swing.

7) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also instructed the Department to take steps towards employment generation so that locals do not have to migrate to other States.