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Pradhan seeks MEA intervention to rescue Odisha labourers in Oman


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 27:

Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking intervention for rescue of five Odisha labourers allegedly tortured in Oman.

He urged Swaraj to bring back five labourers to homeland Khurda from Oman. He also appealed to take initiative for safe return of the labourers and cooperate them in getting their dues and payment from the company that had hired them for job in Oman.

Taking to microblogging site, Pradhan wrote:



Notably, Dilip Sahu, Papu Singh, Manas Nayak, Prdip Pradhan and Sarat Chandra Palai of Balugaon and Krushnaprasad area in Khurda district were allegedly tortured by a company in Oman.

According to allegations by the families, the company that had hired five labourers from Odisha in Oman is forcing them for over-time work apart from 8-hour work in poor environment and it had taken away their passports.

The families alleged that they had written to Prime Minister, Ministry of External Affairs, District Collector, Labour Commissioner, Chief Secretary and Banapur police station thrice on March 25, April 1 and 12. However, the administration did not take any initiative on their report.

All the five were hired by Kerala based Planet HRD Consultancy Pvt Limited company through the Contractor Anil Swain of Mathapatna village under Balugaon police limit on March 15 for the job in Oman at monthly package of 130 Omani currency. The families alleged that Swain had taken Rs 70,000 from each person for the job.

Without providing them any facilities as per the job agreement, the company in Oman started torturing them and took away their passports.

When they requested the company to send them back to their villages, they were asked to pay 650 Omani currency (approximately Rs 1.13 lakh) as fine. Even the Company’s agents threatened the families over phone to pay the amount or else forget them, the families alleged.