15 Stranded Odisha Labourers To Return From Kuwait

Bhubaneswar: As many as 15 labourers from Kendrapara district who are stranded in Kuwait will return to Odisha soon, Indian Embassy based in Kuwait informed on Thursday. BJP National Vice President and former Kendrapara MP Jay Panda had sought the Indian Embassy’s intervention in repatriation of the stranded labourers.

On Thursday, the embassy informed Panda, that the concerned company under which the labourers were working has cancelled their work permit after Mission’s intervention and coordination with concerned authorities in Kuwaiti Labour Ministry. Besides, Emergency Certificates (ECs) have been issued to all of them and they are likely to leave Kuwait after the coming ‘Bakr Id’ holidays.

According to reports, 15 workers from Aul and Pattamundai area of Kendrapara district had gone to Kuwait in August 8, 2018 in search of good paying jobs. They were reportedly working at Megatech, Al Waha Mall, after receiving guarantees of good remuneration and job.

Unfortunately, the company allegedly failed to meet the adequate standards of working condition of the labourers and also denied them leave even during emergency and medical purposes.

The matter came to fore after family members of the stranded labourers sought Panda’s help in the matter. Later, the former parliamentarian appealed the Kuwait-based Indian Embassy for assistance and repatriation of the stranded labourers.