Kendrapara, Sept 5 (LocalWire): The district authorities have decided to create a database of plumbers of Kendrapara who work outside the state to provide them help at their workplaces.
‘We have also decided to start a helpline number for plumbers at the State Institute for Plumbing Technology at Pattamuindai to provide help to them in their workplaces in the country and abroad,’ said Samarth Verma, Collector, Kendrapara.
‘We will prepare a database with the help of the district labour office, panchayat bodies, NGOs and other government agencies within this year.
Around 80,000 plumbers of Pattamundai, Aul, Rajnagar and Rajkanika blocks of the district work elsewhere.
Every year, thousands of workers from the district migrate to other states and countries and are often exploited by middlemen, contractors, builders and others in their workplaces.
The database and helpline will help them to inform us about their problems,’ added the Collector.
‘We are happy the authorities chalked out plans to prepare a database and open a helpline for plumbers. The plumbers of Kendrapara district have been dominating the sanitary business in India and abroad for decades.
Stories of plumbers returning to their villages after a decade with a lot of money simply abound.
But many young plumbers often fall prey to fraudulent recruiters.
Now, we hope they will get help from the authorities, said Jagajiban Das, a trade union leader and the president of the district unit of Centre for Indian trade union.