Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): The Odisha government on Thursday launched a 24×7 toll-free Shramik Sahayata (migrant assistance) number to address issues faced by labourers during the lockdown.
The helpline number — 18003456703 — will be operational at the office of the state labour commissioner in Bhubaneswar for which detail arrangements have been made, informed an official.
“The helpline has been launched to address issues faced by Odia migrant workers in various states. We try to reach out to the workers with the help of the local administration,” said a senior government official.
As a number of states have imposed lockdown following the surge in cases, Odia migrant workers from different states have started heading back home. Even as the state government has allowed industrial and construction activities during its 14-day lockdown, people have started returning to their villages from different towns within the state.
The administrations of various migrant-prone districts like Ganjam, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Balangir and Nuapada have already activated their cluster temporary medical camps (TMCs), which are being used as quarantine centres for the returnees.