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Palm chopping case: Rs 4 lakh state aid for victims

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 18:

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The state government on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the two migrant labourers whose hands were chopped by a labour contractor and his henchmen in Kalahandi district on Sunday night.

Expressing shock over the incident, Labour and Employment minister Bijayshree Routray said apart from the compensation, the state government would also bear the entire cost towards the treatment of these two labourers, who are presently undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.

The minister said the government would soon amend the relevant act to provide greater protection to migrant labourers and to rein in unscrupulous labour contractors.

The palms of two migrant labourers – Nilambar Dhangda Majhi and Piyalu Dhangda Majhi – from Nuapada village in Jaypatna area were chopped off by a labour contractor and his henchmen after they expressed their inability to pay back the advance taken while being forcibly taken to Chhattisgarh to work at a construction site there.