Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Mentioning that the labour department will come under the ambit of 'Mo Sarkar' in January 2020, State Minister Sushant Singh today chalked out strategies to curb the 'illegal' labour migration from various districts of Odisha.

Speaking to media persons after a conference of the District Labour Officers in Bhubaneswar, Singh said that the state government is committed for rights and welfare of labourers. "The government has prepared an action plan to curb labour migration and for their rehabilitation. Our focus is now on three districts- Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada - where illegal migration is rampant."

Reportedly, Odisha has already set up help centres for the migrant labourers in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Two more help desks will be set up in Kerala and Gujarat and it will provide necessary assistance and protection to the labourers of Odisha working in these States.

This apart, the government had launched Workers Welfare Board for the labourers working in organised sectors and Unorganised Social Security Board for the those working in unorganised sectors.

Revealing the current action plan, Singh mentioned that he has requested CM Naveen Patnaik for the establishment of another help desk in Delhi to protect the interests of the Odia labourers working on foreign soil. This will be done to keep these workers in the radar of the Ministry of External Affairs.

The Minister also hinted that the CM is likely to announce a package/scheme for the welfare of the labourers.