Bhubaneswar: The state government has lent a helping hand to Odia migrant workers in Tamil Nadu.
To provide hand-holding support to thousands of skilled Odia employees working in various textile industries, the state panchayati raj department has opened a migration support centre at Tiruppur. The department’s principal secretary D.K. Singh inaugurated the centre.
“The centre will take care of issues related to health, migration, ESI, salary and other issues in workplace. It would also act like a place for cultural activities,” he said.
Around six thousand youths trained from the government’s rural area skill development programme Deen Dayan Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojana are working in various knit garment industries. The trained candidates have got employment opportunity through the state and central government’s intervention.
The support centre is equipped with a dormitory, counselling room and first aid facilities. Prior to this, similar such migration centre had been opened in Bangalore and Delhi to help the Odisha workers.
To make the relationship between industry owners and workers better, an alumni meet of the skilled workers was organised in the textile city where around 2,000 workers attended the event.
The Odisha workers, who have done exemplary work, were felicitated by the panchayati raj department. The owners of various large industries expressed that the joining of skilled youth from Odisha has contributed a lot in quality as well as quantity of production in textile industries of Tamil Nadu.
There had been deaths of 112 migrant workers between 2014 and 2017. More than half of the deaths occurred in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The number of inter-state migrant workers, as estimated by the state government, had been about 92,000 in 2011, and it increased to 1.5 lakh in 2015.
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