Kendrapara, May 28 (LocalWire): Around 500 plumbers from Kendrapara district, who are stranded in Imphal owing to COVID-19, have made a fervent appeal to the Odisha government to bring them back.
These workers, who had joined construction companies in Imphal, have been stranded since the lockdown as all work was halted.
“We have been stuck here for more than two months now and we are desperate to return to our homes.
The nearest railway station is at Guwahati for which the government should provide us free air ticket from Imphal to Guwahati,” said Kailash Chandra Mallick of Daitaripur village in Aul to this reporter over phone.
“While all of us have registered with the Odisha government for returning home, there has been no clear communication from the state government on when we can travel.
We do not know for how long we will be stranded here,” added Kailash.
“Our families back home are worried. We just want the Manipur government or Odisha government to arrange flight for us to leave Imphal.
All our earnings are exhausted and getting through each day is an ordeal,” said Golakh Rout of Namatara village in Rajkanika.
The parents and guardians of many stranded plumbers on Wednesday demanded help from the district labour officer to bring them back.
Ramachandra Nayak the District Labour Officer (DLO) of Kendrapara said, “After knowing about the woes of the stranded plumbers in Manipur, the district administration informed the matter to the labour commissioner.
The administration will soon arrange their return to the state.”