Jagatsinghpur, May 15 (LocalWire): Hundreds of workers from Erasama and Baliguda are stranded in Garag and Dharwad districts of Karnataka, from where they are unable to return.
After the entire country went into lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, nearly 100 migrants who had been working in Tata Marco and Tata Hitachi for the past seven years in Garag and Dharward districts of Karnataka have been left stranded.
After the factory was shut down, the workers have not been paid and are living in pathetic conditions.
One Biraja Kumar Swain, hailing from Kadalibari village in Erasama block said on the phone, “Nearly 105 people, including 47 workers from Balikuda and Erasama of Jagatsinghpur district are stranded in Garag and Dharward districts of Karnataka.
Our families back home are worried for us and we too want to go back”.
Alok Rout, Srinabash Guru, Sukant Swain, Tulu Subudhi and many others also expressed their sorrow, “We have shared our plight with the local MLA but he has not yet been able to help us.
If this situation continues, we will die of hunger. We are running short of money”.
Earlier, these stranded workers had sought the intervention of both leaders of BJD and BJP party of Odisha over cell phone but they have not yet received any help.
The workers had contacted the collectors of different districts of Odisha and Dharward of Karnataka, some of whom clarified that Odisha government has not approved the transportation of the workers from this state.
“We are puzzled as to why the Odisha Government has not given the requisite permission for us to return when it has given permission to workers from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telengana to return,” they said.