Berhampur,May 01 (LocalWire): After hundreds of Odia migrant workers from Gujarat arrived in Ganjam district recently, thousands of similar people who are stranded in and around Mumbai have become desperate to return to their native places and sought permission for the same from the government.
Around two-lakh Odia workers, most of them belonging to Ganjam district were working in construction, diamond factories, and textile industries in Maharashtra, Tutu Kumar Sahoo who is currently stuck in Mumbai said.
They have been living in Maharashtra without any work for over a month since the lockdown began.
They want to come back.
“As the government has given permission to stranded people in Surat and Kota, we are hopeful of getting permission to return too,” he said.
“We are almost on the brink of starvation due to the lockdown. The money we had with us before the lockdown is almost over. We want to return to our native villages,” said Sibaram Sahu.
“Neither the Maharashtra government nor the Odisha government has paid heed to our plight despite our repeated appeals to return to Ganjam,” he alleged.
Several stranded labourers in Mumbai have dispatched a fresh memorandum to the chief minister Naveen Patnaik through the mail, which was also posted on social media on Thursday.