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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a significant move that will check migration in Odisha, the state government today announced special package of Rs 134 crore for Bolangir and Nuapada districts.

After a review meeting held at the Bolangir DRDA office, Labour Minister Sushant Singh announced the package for 30 gram panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada districts. The two districts were adopted as model districts for the programme. Besides, a blueprint was also prepared at the meeting to stop illegal immigration and human trafficking in the state.

“To stop illegal immigration to other states and abroad and rehabilitate the migrants, the state government announced the package for Nuapada and Bolangir districts. The financial assistance will be given to 30 GPs of the two districts in phased manner. Besides, various farming equipments and seeds have also been supplied to the GPs. The initiative will be replicated in other districts once it becomes successful,” said the Minister.

Labour Secretary Anu Garg, Commissioner Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav and the Collectors of five districts, including Bolangir, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Nuapada and Bargarh districts attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, police today rescued 20 migrant labourers from Rengali village under Belpada block in Bolangir district who were assembled at a school veranda to be trafficked to Andhra Pradesh. The rescued labourers are residents of Saramuhana village under Patnagarh block in the district. The cops have also nabbed two middlemen in this connection.

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