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Migrants: Hemant steps in to ensure safe return of 61 workers from Himachal

Ranchi: Jharkhand government has so far brought back 61 migrant workers who were working in a hydroelectric power firm in Himachal Pradesh following an assault on some of the workers recently. Following directives from chief minister Hemant Soren, the state migrant control room under the state labour department swung into action to successfully bring back workers in four batches. Officials said that they are coordinating with their counterparts in the hilly state to trace and bring more labourers who are stranded and willing to return.

The workers who returned hail from Khunti and West Singbhum districts, said officials in the state IPRD department on Monday. All were employed in Rathi Hydoelectric Power Project Private Limited in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

“Some of the workers recently approached state government for help citing brutal assault on the Jharkhand workers. Taking cognizance of the matter, the chief minister directed officials to ensure the safety and return of workers from Himachal Pradesh,” said an official.

He added, “The state migrant control room connected with the top officials of the respective company and following our intervention, the company management agreed to send workers back.  The state government also coordinated with the company’s management to pay all the arrears & wages to the returnee labourers.” 

State Migrant Control Room counsellor Rajni Tape said, “We are in constant touch with the head of Rathi Hydro project Power Private Limited and also with the labourers willing to come back for smooth coordination. We are preparing to bring back all the labourers, who willing to come back. The company’s officials have been asked to share details of all the workers from Jharkhand.”