Berhampur, Dec 12 (LocalWire) As many as 17 labourers, including at least five from different villages in Ganjam district, are allegedly languishing in miserable condition at a construction company of Muskat in Oman.
Confirming the news, Ganjam District Labour Officer (DLO) Chhatrapur Siba Narayan Sahoo on Wednesday said he spoke to one of the labourers, stranded in the Arab country.
“I have spoken to one of the labourers Bipin Bihari Polai in Oman. He said he is in a miserable condition and requested me to make arrangements for his return to his native village,” said Sahoo.
He, however, said, not every stranded labourer’s family has contacted him for help.
“Despite no complaint from them, we will inquire into the matter,” he said.
Other than Ganjam, labourers from Balasore and Khurda districts, mostly working as plumbers and fitters, alleged the company where they were working neither paid them salary for last three months, nor allowed them to return to India.
The labourers are reportedly on strike for the last three days.
Sources said at least five labourers from Polasara, Kodala and Kanishi had gone to the Arab country in January last year.
While one year passed peacefully, trouble started when the company authorities went irregular with their salaries and also made them work over-time without payment, said sources.
Sahoo said these labourers did not inform the labour office before leaving for Oman.
“They went to Oman via a labour agent and did not inform us,” he said.