Nuapada, Dec 20:
Over 700 migrant labourers, rescued by the Nuapada district administration, returned to their home on Thursday. The district administration arranged special vehicles for their return.
Talking to OST, District Labour Officer (DLO) Niranjan Kumura said the rescued labourers informed that they had been provided with advance money by seven contractors, most of them from Nuapada area, to work at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh.
“The contractors had given Rs 30,000 to each group of labourers as advance to work at Faizabad,” the rescued labourers informed the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) and the Additional District Magistrate (ADM).
When asked about alternative arrangements by the district administration to provide jobs to these migrant labourers, the DLO said efforts are on by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) to provide them jobs in the district under ongoing welfare schemes sponsored by the state and the Central governments.
He, however, made it clear that the disturbing trend of migration would continue if provisions are not made to rein in the contractors.
According to reports, seven contractors/brokers—Mukesh Sahu, Kruparam Chandrakar, Debara and Budharam Sahu of Belatukuri area and Dholi Sahu, Dinesh and Bali Rana of Khariar Road— had contracted over 700 migrant labourers from several villages and were taking them away to Faizabad to work in the brick kilns. These labourers were later taken to Khariar Road railway station to board the Samata Express.
However, acting on a tip-off, police raided the railway station and rescued them. However, all the seven contractors managed to escape.
When asked, SDPO Ashish Singh said that police would register a case against the seven contractors involved in the incident.