Thursday, March 23, 2023

Jharkhand team interacts with migrant workers in Tamil Nadu 


Ranchi, March 5: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and  Jharkhand labour minister and labour department have sent a joint delegation of officials of Jharkhand Police and Labor Department to Tamil Nadu to take immediate action on the complaints of migrant laborers working in Tamil Nadu, to inquire about the situation there.

The delegation visited and interacted with Tamil Nadu government officials and around 700-800 migrant workers to take stock of the situation. As per the departmental order, the investigation team has left Chennai for Coimbatore to take stock of the condition of other workers.

The Jharkhand Government delegation met various migrant labour groups in the state of Tamil Nadu and also visited the workplaces from where the state migrant control room of Jharkhand was being approached by the migrant workers.

“In order to avoid any kind of trouble to the migrant workers, they are also being given the helpline number contact by the Government of Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand. State Migrant Control Room, Ranchi is in constant touch with the migrant workers. Laborers’ counseling is also being done and a list of laborers is being prepared,” said a communique issued by the public relation department, Jharkhand.

“Do not be afraid of the rumors related to fighting in Tamil Nadu, if you have doubts and problems, contact State Migrant Control Room, Ranchi, Jharkhand by calling. The list of numbers is as follows: Jharkhand migrant control room number, whatsapp number, 9470132591, 9431336427, 9431336398, 9431336472, 9431336432,” the communique added.

It also informed that Tamil Nadu Police has also released numbers – 0421-2203313, 9498101300, 9408101320

Significantly, a team of Jharkhand government officials Saturday visited a few construction sites in Tamil Nadu and found workers from their state were “safe and had no complaints” after the news of an alleged assault on a migrant worker in Chennai went viral. Authorities in Tamil Nadu have denied any such attack and warned about the rumour mongering.

According to a source who is part of the visiting delegation, migrant workers want to return to their home towns during Holi. “However, non-availability of train tickets and apparent denial of permission from employers is further fanning the issue. All deputy commissioners in Jharkhand have been informed to keep a track on all calls from migrant workers and we are telling everyone that everything is calm in Tamil Nadu,” the source said.

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