Activist helps hapless brick kiln workers return home

Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: Around 58 labourers together with 4 pregnant ladies of Odisha who had been compelled to work additional time with out primary wages at a brick kiln in Telangana, had been rescued and preparations made to deliver them again to the State by a social activist on Friday.

The activist Ranjeeta Priyadarshini of Bargarh, who obtained stories in regards to the plight of labourers from locals, took the assistance of social media to hook up with the officers involved in Telangana and get the labourers launched. The labourers belong to Balangir and Nuapada districts. They had been working below inhuman situations within the kiln at Annaram village below Gummadidala police limits in Sangareddy district. They had gone to Telangana earlier this 12 months.

Ranjeeta,  a practising lawyer of Orissa High Court, mentioned she bought info of many labourers creating flu like signs and had been denied medical support by the brick kiln proprietor. “While interacting with them, the 58 labourers together with 4 pregnant ladies and their 21 youngsters, all beneath 15 years, informed me that they wished to return to Odisha. They had been working additional time with out wages and even meals and water and the kiln proprietor bodily assaulted the boys once they protested’’, mentioned the activist who emailed letters to the CMO and Sangareddy District Magistrate for his or her rescue. 

She additionally posted the letters and photos of labourers on social media which caught the eye of Telangana administration, native NGOs and Rayagada MP Saptagiri Ulaka. The Congress MP additionally contacted his colleagues in Telangana and requested them to facilitate the return journey of the workers.
Following this, Sangareddy Collector ordered Gummadidala tehsildar and police to go to the spot and look into the matter. 

“We visited the spot on Thursday and I asked the brick kiln owner to clear the pending dues of the labourers before they leave for Odisha,” the tehsildar, Sujatha informed TNIE.Gummadidala police station’s SI Vijay Krishna mentioned the brick kiln’s proprietor was warned to not restrain the labourers. “The labourers were sent back to their homes in a bus on Friday evening,” he added. Out of 79 individuals, 27 will go to Balangir district and the remaining to Nuapada.

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