25 Odia labourers stranded in Malaysia, families seek govt help

Bhubaneswar: At least 25 workers from Banapur, Tangi and Balugaon area of Khurdha district have been left stranded in Malaysia after being sent by local agents of employment agencies in the country for lucrative jobs in a Malaysia-based company.

The family members of the labourers alleged that their near and dear ones are facing exploitation by the foreign company and the situation is getting worse day by day.

“The agents lured our children by giving false promises of high salaries. Initially we didn’t know about this as we were unaware about the company. But everything came to light after they (labourers) informed us about their plights”, said Laxmidhar Paikray, a family member.

Some of the labourers have also reportedly fallen sick due to decrease in intake level.

Finding no way out, the worried families have taken the matter to the labour officials.

Harapriya Nayak, Asst. Labour Officer, Balugaon said, “After being intimated about the matter, I have asked the Chennai agency for immediate extradition of the labourers and also issued notices to all the three local agents, who had sent them to Malaysia.”

The agents, assuring high-salaried jobs in abroad had allegedly taken Rs 70,000 per person, who had also signed agreements on plain paper regarding this.