Berhampur, August 27 (LocalWire): Labourers from Ganjam, who were stranded for about 10 months without salary in Dubai, have returned to their native place today.
As many as 12 labourers from different villages in Khallikote block, who had gone to work in a construction company in Dubai last year, were stranded there after they were suspended.
Parents of the labourers had repeatedly requested the district administration to make arrangements for their safe return.
As many as 18 labourers of different villages in three blocks, including Khallikote, Chhatrapur and Beguniapada had gone to Dubai through an agent to work there in November.
The agent had taken Rs 60,000 from each of them and assured them of Rs 35,000 pay per month.
But after receiving a month’s wage, the company suspended them and did not return their passports making it difficult for them to leave Dubai.
While six of them had returned in July after intervention of BJP leader and former MP Baijayant Panda, the 12 others were repatriated today.
District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange had also written to the state labour commissioner after requests from family members of the stranded men.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: ‘Relieved and happy that the remaining 12 out of the 18 Odia workmen from Ganjam district who were stranded in Dubai have returned back home today.
Thank EAM Dr S Jaishankarji for extending all necessary support in their repatriation.’
Similarly BJP leader Bijayant Panda tweeted ‘relieved to hear the return of the remaining 12 Indian labourers from Odisha who were stranded.
I had followed up their case with our embassy to aid their repartition.’
He also thanked the Consul General of India for his support.