The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on January 11, 2020.

Need robust mechanism to check migrant workers exploitation: Jharkhand CM

Soren stated that several central government agencies have failed to protect the rights of the workers. Hiring them for development projects while underlining that a “nexus between recruiting bodies and contractors” makes such unfair treatment possible.

It pains me to see their plight. The workers are denied their legitimate dues even when organisations such as NTPC and BRO engage them. The CM further claimed that he had been raising the issue on different platforms but to avail.

“Once we tide over the COVID-19 disaster, I will personally hold meetings with chief ministers and administrators of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh among other states and UTs and pitch for a robust mechanism to check workers’ exploitation,” Soren said.

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Need to check migrant workers

He mourned that the state had to use its own resources during catastrophes to remove workers. In some cases bring their mortal remains home, having received no help from the stakeholders.

Mentioning examples, the CM said 15 Jharkhand migrant workers engaged by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, near India-China boundary, had lost their lives in an avalanche in April.

“We have lost workers in cloud burst in Jammu & Kashmir… in other natural disasters.

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Soren further said that his government, notwithstanding its annoying experiences in the past, had given its approval to BRO to employ workers, keeping national interest in view amid the India-China face-off in Ladakh.

“Hundreds of migrant workers are made to live in pathetic condition in the hilly and difficult terrains. They are resisting to take up similar jobs on their return to the state. Jharkhand, on its part, is increasing the labour management system by ensuring registration for all workers, and efforts are being made for their gainful employment,” he said.

The CM pointed out that his government has launched the Mukhyamantri Didi Kitchen Yojana, which fed four crore people during the lockdown last year.

“We made sure that the first special train that was available ferried as many as 1,200 workers from Telangana to Hatia in Ranchi.

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