Bhubaneswar, August 28 (LocalWire): The Government of Odisha has deputed three labour inspectors to keep a tab on the exodus of workforces from 30 vulnerable gram-panchayats.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the seasonal distress labour migration in worst-affected Bolangir and Nuapada districts.
The labour inspectors have been posted at Belapada, Bolangir and Khaprakhole blocks and they have the mandate to motivate the workforces not to migrate in search of work.
“They have already begun the work as distress migration mostly begins during September,” labour commissioner, Niranjan Sahu said.
The inspectors posted in these blocks will coordinate with agriculture, panchayati raj, schools, and mass education department for curbing the distress migration, the officer said, adding that support is also being sought from home, food, civil supplies and consumer welfare, fisheries and animal husbandry, skill development and technical education and water resources departments.
The senior officer from State Labor Directorate will camp in Bolangir and Nuapada for strict enforcement of Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979.
Funds have already been allocated to School and Mass Education Department for ensuring basic infrastructure in the seasonal hostels for the children of migrant workers in the Bolangir, Bargarh, Nuapada, and Kalahandi districts, where distress migration is more pronounced.
The camps for registering migrant workers under Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board have already started in Bolangir and Nuapada with focus on extending benefits to the eligible registered migrant workers.
The intervention under Odisha livelihood fund and community investment fund is being worked out for publicity of ‘Sramika Sahayata’ helpline and migrant helpdesk in other states and required financial assistance has also been extended to the district collectors.
Over 30 gram-panchayats in Bolangir and Nuapada districts in western parts of the state were found to be the most migration-prone spots as per the latest survey conducted by the government.
The survey has made a headcount of 38,000 people from 11,000 families who migrate to other states in search of livelihood.
“The state government has already implemented a special action plan for concerted action in these 30 GPs to curb migration and facilitate the creation of livelihood opportunities for migrant workers within Odisha,” Sahu said.
According to officials in the State Labour Directorate, 11 districts, including Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Subrnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Khordha have been identified as migration prone zones.
While a total number of 1,309 GPs in these districts have been brought under the ambit of special work plan initiated by the government to curb labour migration, two toll free telephone numbers have also been installed at the Labour Directorate to provide guidance and assistance to the migrant workmen in the matters of registration, distress mitigation, and rescue.
“Overall, 206 seasonal hostels for children of migrating families have been set up in different migration prone GPs to prevented potential exploitation of them as child labour,” the officer said.