Extending help to Odia workers working in other states, the Odisha Government has set up a migration support centre for migratory workers from Odisha, in Tirupur, one of the biggest garment manufacturing hubs of India.
The centre is the initiative by the Odisha Government’s Panchayati raj department and will work as a helping hand to Odia migrant workers in Tamil Nadu. Inaugurated by the department’s principal secretary D.K. Singh, the centre will take care of issues related to health, migration, ESI, salary and other issues in the workplace.
As per reports, the Tirupur centre is equipped with a dormitory, a counselling room, and first aid facilities.
Prior to this, similar migration centres were opened in Bangalore and Delhi to help the Odisha workers.
Apparel Resources explored Delhi centre where Shefali Mohanty, Liaison Officer of Labour Department, Odisha informed, “The Delhi centre did not receive, any request from any Odia workers working in garment factories of Delhi-NCR, so far. The centre is planning to have facilities like dormitory and counselling rooms.”
The number of inter-state migrant workers, as estimated by the state government, had been about 92,000 in 2011, and it increased to 1.5 lakh in 2015.