Govt signs MoU with Tata Trusts

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has signed a memorandum with the Tata Trusts (MoU) for the security and welfare of inter-state labourers of Odisha.

Labour commissioner Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav and chief financial officer and Secretary Tata Trusts- Burzis Taraporevala, signed the MoU in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat here on Saturday.

The Tata trust would help implement the special action plan (SAP) for the safety and welfare of the migrated labourers, official sources said.

As part of the MoU, people will be sensitized on improving the standard of livelihood of migrated labourers especially from Bargarh, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Bolangir districts and ensure that they also get benefited through various schemes of the state government both socially and economically.

A pilot project would be implemented in 30 gram Panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada districts in the first phase. The state government has earmarked an expenditure of Rs 134 crore for addressing the problems of the migrated labourers.

It is expected that more than 20 lakh construction and migrant workers will be directly accessed through the database which would be prepared shortly. Besides, help desks would also be setup in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu to resolve various problems faced by the labourers from Odisha.

A database of all migrated workers in the state will be prepared. The objectives behind the collaboration between the State government and Tata Trusts is to introduce people friendly technologies for registration of workforce that migrates to different parts and support welfare of migrant workers.