Paradip, Aug 18 (LocalWire): Jagatsinghpur district administration has asked various industries to provide the local youth, especially skilled and unskilled workers come back from other states due to COVID-19, with employment opportunities.
Nearly 20,000 migrant workers returned to their native villages in Jagatsinghpur due to loss of employment during the lockdown that was imposed initially to curb the spread of the virus, sources said.
Saroj Pradhan of Balikuda said, “We are skilled workers and we have chosen to work under MGNREGS.
Many are reluctant to work under this scheme due to the meagre wage of Rs. 207 per day for skilled workers.”
Other harried migrant workers have expressed their sorrow, “There are no jobs here, for which we have decided to return to other states in search of employment.”
Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra has requested all industries and companies in Paradip to avoid bringing skilled and unskilled workers from outside the state.
He has asked them to engage these local skilled and unskilled labourers and migrant returnees in work.
Companies have been asked to contact the project director, DRDA, district labour officers and local BDOs to acquire details about the skill mapping of the migrant workers.
Larsen and Turbo, which has been pressed in the construction work of Paradip Refinery of IOCL, said that most companies are finding it difficult to fill in the present skill gap from the available pool of workmen.
L&T has already sourced more than 70% of their present strength of about 3000 workmen from the home state for their two projects with IOCL refinery.
They further require many highly skilled & experienced workmen, who are acquainted with this risky and specialized aspect of refinery construction work and have almost exhausted the possibilities of further sourcing from the available list.
Delay in fulfilling the balance manpower gap could potentially delay this project of national importance, sources said.