Sunday, March 23, 2014

B’NGIR DM WANTS MIGRANTS BACK BY APR 5 Monday, 24 March 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Monday, 24 March 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Writes to AP, TN, Karnataka counterparts for help
District Collector M Muthukumar on Sunday directed all the migrant labour contractors of the district to bring back migrant labourers employed outside the State before April 5 so that they can exercise their franchise in the April 10 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

Muthukumar held a meeting for the purpose in which 36 such contractors having valid licence attended. “I have told them to bring back migrant labourers from the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh and other States before April 5 so that they can cast their votes,” Muthukumar said.

He said the contractors have been asked to bring labourers to the rail stations at Kantabanji and Titiligarh from where the district administration would make arrangements to take them to their respective villagers.He further informed that he has already written letters to his counterparts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in this regard.

On the other hand, the direction has put the contractors in a very piquant situation. “We don’t know how the brick kiln owners would respond to it as labourers are on contracts involving money,” said some contractors.
Elaborating their possible problems further, they said if the employers agree their proposal then how the financial issues would be settled and who would guarantee us that the same labourers would return to their respective brick kilns after the voting.
Interestingly, the Balangir District Labour Office record shows that there are 139 labour contractors in the district while 276 licences have been issued. Many of the contractors have not submitted their detailed list of migrant labourers before the office even if there is a provision that the list must be submitted within 15days of their migration.

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