26 laborers have been brought back from Tamil Nadu by the Labor Department on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday. There are 12 laborers from Jashpur district in this. All these laborers were kept hostage in a rubber factory in Tamil Nadu. The factory owner had also confiscated its Aadhar card and other documents.
District Labor Officer Azad Singh Patre said that the state government had received a complaint that 250 laborers of Surguja and Jashpur districts in Tamil Nadu were being held hostage in Tamil Nadu. The factory operator has kept all the documents of the workers and they are not even being paid remuneration. The complainant laborer did not even give information about the place of his hostage. On the instructions of Food Minister Amarjit Bhagat, the officials had gathered information about the laborers after investigating the matter on the basis of location information.
Upon investigation, it was found that 12 laborers from Duldula, Kunkuri, Garden and Kansabel tehsils of Jashpur district and 14 from Surguja district had gone to work in a rubber factory operating in Nakkal district of Tamil Nadu. After working here for about 4 months, problems started coming with these laborers from last one month. The workers complained that the factory operator had not paid their wages along with keeping the necessary documents, due to which they were not getting food properly. On the complaint, the Labor Department has contacted the Nakkal district administration and made arrangements for the return of the laborers.
According to the Labor Department, the information about the hostage of two hundred and fifty laborers is not correct. Actually, such number of laborers are employed in this factory, but not all are from Jashpur and Surguja. However, efforts are being made to bring back the workers.
Information being collected on hostage workers in Pune
Here, after the complaint of the relatives of the bonded laborers in the Kotba Chowki area, the Labor Department has started action in this matter as well. The labor inspector was sent to the respective village. Information about the matter has been gathered by contacting the family members of the laborers. According to the Labor Department, soon all the laborers will be called back.
The team left to perform the last rites of the worker
One of the two laborers had died while fleeing on foot from the Tamil Nadu company. His body was kept in the hospital there for 25 days. Another worker came home and informed about it. On receiving the information, the administration, police team along with family members had left for Tamil Nadu. Since the dead body is very old, his last rites will be done the same. The help of local administration will be taken in this. The team will also investigate the complaint of being held hostage. If found right, action will be taken against the guilty.