Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, Dec 19:
About 200 migrant laborers were rescued from Odisha’s Rayagada station last night while trying to move to various other states in search of work.
Acting on a tip-off, officials of Rayagada district administration and Department of Labor conducted a raid on Puri-Ahmedabad Express train and rescued the migrant workers. The broker, however, managed to escape.
As per preliminary investigation, the workers belong to eight villages under Tikarpada police limits of drought-hit Bolangir district and the group includes men, women and minors.
Rayagada district administration officials have sent all the laborers to their native district in another train.
As per a source, they were on their way to Berhampur from where they were about to catch connecting trains to various South Indian states.
Notably, migrant labor issue is nothing new for the impoverished Bolangir district. Each year, thousands of laborers move to various states in search of work and dozens of cases of extreme torture and harassment emerge. The State Government has made registration of these workers mandatory before they move to other states in order to keep a track of them.