Bolangir, Oct 2 (LocalWire): The death of a migrant labourer on the outskirts of Bolangir has again raked the issue of distress migration from this district to brick kilns of neighbouring states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, in search of livelihood.
The government is taking steps to streamline migration by intensifying checks on illegal migration and various welfare measures for labourers.
According to reports, a labour sardar from Belpada had brought some labourers and lodged them in village Sinkhaman on Saturday from where they were supposed to go to their place of work. However, 55-year-old Kanalu was suffering from fever and his health deteriorated leading to his death on Monday morning.
Rather than taking him to hospital or informing the police, the body was sent back home by the local touts and buried in his village Bhubanpali in Bargarh district.
Earlier, sardars used to give money to touts who took charge of labourers by giving them advance money.
But now a new trend has started after the district administration stepped up the drive to check illegal migration. Now the local touts are selected among the migrating labourers to ensure that they reach the worksite. Only after the labourers reach the destination, is the payment handed over to the labourers’ families, an NGO activist explained.
This year it seems people will be migrating more even as the government tries to stop migrating labourers.
This year there was no rainfall in the beginning of monsoon and then heavy rainfall washed away the crop.
With no options left, people are migrating. And this year according to reports people are getting upto Rs 70,000 advance per family unit (A family unit is locally called Pathuria consisting of three people).
The most worrying trend in Bolangir district is migration of unemployed and skilled youths to Mumbai. A large number of youths are migrating which is affecting the cultivation of onion.
According to unconfirmed sources, the youths going to work in tailoring units are also facing a lot of hurdles in Tamil Nadu.
‘I had gone to Sinkhaman village today and conducted an inquiry into the situation.
I will submit my report to government, said Bolangir District Labour officer, Suresh Behera over phone.