Govt announces ex-gratia to kin of migrant labourer

Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh to the kin of a migrant labourer of Malkangiri district who died in the morning hours after he was brought in an ambulance van from Andhra Pradesh and dumped under a tree near Padmagiri.

The deceased has been identified as Dambaru Madhi of Sindhabeda village of Mathili block.

Making an announcement in the capital city this evening, president of the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Subash Singh said the Board will provide Rs one lakh ex-gratia to the family of the deceased migrant labourer with immediate effect.

Report said Madhi had gone to Karim Nagar in Andhra Pradesh to work as a migrant labourer. But as he fell seriously ill, he was admitted to the Apex Hospital. But as he had no money for his treatment, the hospital authorities discharged him from the hospital and sent him in an ambulance van to his native village.

Shockingly, the hospital staff, instead of taking him to his village, dumped him under a tree near Padmagiri and left for Andhra Pradesh. After lying down under the tree for some hours, Madhi succumbed to his illness.

Asked about the steps the district administration has taken, District Labour Welfare Officer, LK Behera said “We are trying to find out as to whether he had gone to Karim Nagar on his own or someone has recruited him. If anybody has wilfully recruited and tortured him, we will definitely take action.”