Appeal for safe return of two workers from Saudi Arabia

Berhampur: Family members of two Odisha workers, who are allegedly languishing in Saudi Arabia for over five months, have appealed to the Ganjam district administration for their safe return.

District Labour Officer (DLO) Chhatrapur, K B G Rao yesterday sent an inquiry report to the labour commissioner in this regard.

"I made an inquiry following allegation by the family members," the DLO said.

The family members of the workers alleged that Sanjay Parida and Rabi Parida were being harassed physically and mentally by a private company in the gulf country.

"They narrated their plight to us over phone recently," Rabi's mother Tamala said.

Sanjay's wife Laxmi said she and Tamala had narrated the plight of the labourers to the DLO on Friday.

Laxmi had earlier brought the matter to the notice of the additional district magistrate. He then asked the DLO to conduct an enquiry.

The two workers of Ganjam district, along with five others from Khurda (three) and Kendrapara (two) districts, had gone to Saudi Arabia in a group through a Bhubaneswar based agency.