Bhubaneswar, Nov 11- In order to prevent large-scale labor migration, including illegal trafficking of tribal girls and women, from the tribal-dominated district, the Sundargarh administration and the labor department on Thursday launched a two-day awareness campaign. According to sources, during the drive, a vehicle traveled to migration-prone blocks of the district to educate people about the practice of safe migration for employment. District Labor Officer (DLO) Divyajyoti Nayak informed that he was informed about Odisha government’s toll free telephone numbers to seek help within Odisha or outside Odisha.
“Afterwards, awareness meetings will be held and the migrant workers will be urged to inform the concerned sarpanch, police or labor officers before leaving the home state,” he said. Rourkela-based Joint Labor Commissioner (JLC) Pranab Jena said it is important to sensitize migrant workers to protect them from exploitation at the workplace. Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. According to records, migration of the tribal workforce is concentrated in the Sundargarh sub-division, with male workers mostly looking for fishing jobs in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Tamil Nadu, while tribal female workers generally preferring major cities in the country. Huh.
The rural workforce of Panposh and Bonai sub-divisions also move to different parts of the country for various jobs. Sources said, due to poverty, minor tribal girls fall prey to human trafficking. Local agents, who are either distant relatives or acquaintances of the victims, lure them with promises of jobs and good salaries. There are instances where victims voluntarily leave schools and move to greener pastures only to face sexual, mental and financial abuse. However, the district still lacks a unified mechanism to store the data of migrant workers for easy and timely access and the district labor office does not have any official records on migrant workers as the labor contractor is not required to register even a single employee under the Act. Labor license was not issued. Around 40,000 workers had registered themselves to return to Sundergarh during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the actual number of migrant workers could be much higher in the district with a population of 22.47 lakh.
Odish- Campaign launched in Sundergarh to control mass exodus
Story first published: Friday, November 11, 2022, 20:00 [IST]