Bhubaneswar: The five Odia labourers who had gone to Dubai in search of work a year ago, finally reached Odisha today.
The labourers, who were tortured since five months as the company in which they were working stopped their salary, were rescued with the help two NGOs.
Talking to media persons after their arrival at Biju Patnaik International Airport from Dubai via New Delhi this morning, the labourers thanked the media for their sincere cooperation.
“We had gone to Dubai on June 2, 2015 through Planet agency in Berhampur to work as plumbers in a company Wide Plus Decor and Technical Services LLC. Though our salary was 1400 per month, the company was paying us Rs 1200. But as the salary was not given every month, we had registered a case in a labour court in Dubai. After the directive of the court, the company later gave the arrear salary”, said a labourer.
He further said the owner of the company some months ago had forced them to sign on a cancel paper and asked to leave Odisha. “Later he blocked our 3-month salary. Since we had no alternative, we were forced to contact the media for help”, he added.
“We have no money with us since last five months. Though we have requested the police to help us, it has not taken any steps till date. We, therefore, request you to make necessary arrangements to take us to India at the earliest”, a desperate Amir Pradhan of Khurda district and one of the labourers, had requested the Ganjam district administration through a message in a social media.
The four other labourers who returned from Dubai are Ashok Biswal and Santosh Swain of Badhi Nuapalli village, Babula Patra of Gangpur village and K Subani of Chikiti block of Ganjam district.