Odisha seeks MEA’s intervention for trapped 42 Odias’ return from Dubai

Bhubaneswar: The process to rescue and bring back the 42 labourers from Ganjam district, who are trapped and exploited in Dubai, has begun with Odisha government seeking the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of the Indian government.

According to reports, the Home Department of Odisha government has urged the Joint Secretary to the Ministry of External Affair and Protector of Emigrants (POE) to make immediate arrangements for the safe return of the trapped labourers.

This apart, the state government has also urged the Chief Resident Commissioner of Odisha Sunil Bhargav to coordinate with the Ministry of External Affair and make arrangements for the labourers’ short stay at the Odisha Sadan after their arrival in New Delhi from Dubai.

The Home Department has also directed the State Labour and Employment Department Secretary and Ganjam district Collector to be in constant touch with the MEA, the Chief Resident Commissioner of Odisha in New Delhi and make necessary arrangements for the hassle-free return of the labourers to their respective villages.

Notably, over 40 labourers from Khallikote area of Ganjam district had gone to Dubai through an agent to work. However, they have allegedly been subjected to exploitation by the agent there.

The stranded labourers’ ordeal came to the fore after a video of the same went viral on social media.

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