Bhubaneswar, August 24 (LocalWire) Odisha has moved to organize army recruitment rallies to utilize the services of migrant workforces in country’s defence, thereby providing permanent livelihood to them.
The move forms the part of state’s exercise to curb seasonal distress labour migration in worst-affected gram panchayats of the State.
At least 30 gram panchayats in Bolangir and Nuapada districts in western parts of the State were found out to be the most migration-prone spots as per the latest survey conducted by agencies entrusted by the government, Labour commissioner, Niranjan Sahoo said.
The survey has made a headcount of 38,000 people from 11,000 families migrating to other states in search of livelihood, he told LocalWire.
The State government has already implemented a special action plan for concerted action in these 30 GPs to curb migration and facilitate creation of livelihood opportunities for migrant workers within the State, he said.
As per the special action plan, the government has decided to hold periodic army recruitment rallies exclusively for picking up meritorious youth forces from these regions in army jobs.
The government has informed the competent authorities of army in this regard.
We are hopeful of getting a positive response from them shortly, Sahoo said.
As sizeable numbers of people who are making seasonal migration are energetic youths, they could fit into the rigours of armed jobs.
Even if a dozen of youths could qualify in the recruitment rally, their families would be assured of monthly income and they could be saved from the vicious trap of distress migration labour, he said.
Authorities of concerned districts have been directed to speed up the labour-intensive Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to provide assured employment to the people of these 30-gram panchayats.
Currently, MGNREGA beneficiaries are assured of 100 days employment. Plans are afoot to raise it to 200 days in the migration-hit pockets to stop the exodus of people to other parts in search of work.
As the migration process sets in mostly after the September month, we are planning to increase the MGNREGS man-days shortly.
Besides steps are being taken to provide Food security act subsidized ration to migrant families for three months in advance. Besides the implementation of social security schemes are being prioritized in these areas for safeguarding the living standard of people in 30 GPs affected by distress migration, the official said.
Work on capacity building in agriculture and irrigation sector lies on the top of the government’s agenda. We are quite optimistic that the migration will be checked considerably this year, he concluded.
According to officials in the State labour directorate, 11 districts-Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Subrnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Khordha- have been identified as migration prone zones.
A total number of 1309 GPs in these districts have been brought under orbit of the special work plan initiated by the government to curb labour migration.
Two toll-free telephone numbers have been installed in Labour Directorate to provide guidance and assistance to the migrant workmen in the matters of registration, distress mitigation and rescue.
206 seasonal hostels for children of migrating families have also been set up in different migration prone GPs. The institution of seasonal hostel has prevented potential child labour, the officials said.