11 Hates stranded in Sri Lanka return home

BHUBANESWAR: Eleven construction workers, held by their contractor in Colombo in Sri Lanka , he returned to Odisha on Sunday in two phases. Four of them arrived in Odisha on January 11 and the rest arrived in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The 11 people had left for Sri Lanka on November 5 last year through two local agents. They alleged that the agents had taken Rs 60,000 from each of them. “The agent had promised us that the construction company in Sri Lanka will pay Rs 30,000 per month to each of us. When we reached there, we found the agent was telling lie, ”said one of these workers, Balaram Rout, 45, of Hatimunda village under Banapur police station in Khurda district.

He said the company did not assume its responsibility. “A contractor had hired us by taking the name of the infrastructure company. We were working in a ready-mix concrete plant used for construction work near Kuriniyawatta. The contractor forced us to work about 14 hours a day. The food was very bad. Sometimes we did not receive food. We worked 26 days, but the contractor did not pay our salary, ”said Rout.

Debaraj Nayak, another worker, said the contractor did not allow them to leave. “We stopped our work on January 2. With the help of a local town, we got support on the Internet to send our test video to our family members here. They approached local leaders on the subject. Later, the state government helped us out of this country, ”he added.

The member of Rajya Sabha, who is also a member of the departmental advisory committee on external affairs, said the prime minister Ship in Patnaik had intervened into the matter. “After getting information regarding the stranded in Sri Lanka, I requested the Union ministry of external affairs to take up the case. I was following up the case with the ministry till they reached India, ”I added.

These people belong to villages of Gobardhan Pur, Dasaghara Sahi, Dhuanla, Saralapadar, Hatimunda, Balugaon, Harichandanpur, Achutrajpur Sashan and Banapur Sashan in the Khurda district.

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