Berhampur, September 2 (LocalWire): Several migrant workers in Ganjam district, who have returned to their native places due to the nation-wide lockdown, urged the government on Wednesday for setting up of the “textile park” in the district to rehabilitate them.
Under the Sugam-an organization of the Odia people in Gujarat and Maharashtra, several migrant workers handed over a memorandum to the block development officer (BDO) Kabisurya Nagara addressed to the state governor Ganeshi Lal.
Earlier they had also handed over a similar memorandum to the BDO Hinjili.
The district has vast potential with skilled manpower for setting up of the textile park.
As thousands of the skilled people who had worked in different textile mills in Surat had returned to the district amid the Covid-19, it is high time that the government should set up the textile park in the district to rehabilitate them, said Srikant Padhy, the advisor of the organization.
He alleged that most of the able and skilled persons in the district were forced to migrate to other states due to lack of suitable employment opportunities for them in their own district.
Earlier BJP’s Ganjam district unit had urged the government for revival of the sick units and to provide employment to the returnees in the district.
“In order to arrest the migration, the government should undertake a programme to revive all sick industries in the district,” said former district president of the party Kanhu Charan Pati.
He alleged several returnees have already started their reverse journey from the rural areas of the district due to lack of job opportunities and hopelessness.
“Since there is no scope of employment, they have forced migrants once again to their workplaces in other states,” said Pati.
Around five lakh migrant workers had returned to the district amid the outbreak of Covid-19.