Odisha allows intra-State movement of stranded migrant labourers for work


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Saturday allowed intra-State movement of stranded migrant workers, who wish to travel within the State for work. The agencies or contractors can transport them to workplaces in dedicated and designated vehicles.

Around 86,000 migrant workers, of which around 16,000 are from within the State, have been accommodated in at least 2,610 camps in various districts of Odisha due to the nationwide lockdown enforced to effectively contain the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The stranded labourers in Odisha, who have already completed 14-day quarantine period, are allowed to commence work within the State.

The Collectors have been authorised to make expenditure for the purpose from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

“The State Government has decided that such stranded labourers, who wish to travel within the State for work, are allowed do so in an organised manner so as to reach their place of work. In such cases where the stranded labourers do not belong to any particular industry/agency/contractor, the concerned BDOs/DLOs shall bring into the notice of the District Collector/PD, DRDA, who will make arrangements for such labourers to travel to the destination of their workplace in groups. The Collector will requisition buses for the purpose through RTOs,” said the order of the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department.


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