Monday, September 21, 2015


Tuesday, 22 September 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Another case of apathy and hazardous work culture for migrant workers in Balangir district has come to the fore.
Giving a petition to the district Collector, a migrant worker from Muribahal area has complained that he and his family members were maltreated at a workplace at Raipur and his daughter was maimed after she got electric shock at the work site. He said that neither the contractor, nor the Government of Chattishgarh gave any assistance to him for the treatment of his eight-year-old daughter, who was injured severely after getting electric shock and later, her hands and legs were amputated.
According to reports, Bijaya Nag of Jamuna Bahal village of Muribahal block had migrated to Raipur last year and worked under contractor Siba Sahu for a few months. Nag urged  Balangir Collector M Muthukumar to provide him financial assistance for treatment of her daughter Payal Nag who lost her limbs in Raipur on April 16.
"I was staying in a temporary house given by my contractor. I worked in a building in Dwarikagate Imlildihi area. On April 16 last, my son Aakash and daughter Payal ( 8) went upstairs of the building to give water in the newly constructed building. While giving water, Payal came in contact with electric wire and was injured seriously.
She was admitted in a hospital but the doctors advised for amputation of both hands and legs which was done," said Nag. For bearing the medical expenses, he said that he had to mortgage all his lands. Even though Chattisgarh Government has given assurance for financial assistance, nothing has materialised.
The electricity department of Chhatisgarh only gave some monetary assistance, said Nag, adding that he needs Rs5 to Rs7 lakh for further treatment of his injured daughter. Besides, he also demanded action against the contactor.
When asked, Balangir ADM Ashok Kumar Naik said, "We have given Rs30,000 from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and Red Cross fund. The case has been referred to the SCB Medical College Hospital. We are referring the case to the Child Welfare Committee, Balangir for further step."

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