Kochi: Following the protest of migrant workers in Kottayam on Sunday amid lockdown, Minister for Agriculture V. S. Sunil Kumar warned that strict action will be taken against the contractors if migrant workers violate lockdown.
He also informed that arrangements will be made for these workers to return home once the lockdown period is over.
“The state government is assuring basic facilities to all migrant labourers. Accommodation, food and medical care are being provided. The government will make all arrangements to take them to their native once the lockdown period is completed,” informed the minister.
At the same time, he asserted that no arrangements will be made for the workers to leave the state amid the lockdown.
“The government offices have been receiving numerous calls from other states inquiring about the present condition of the migrant workers. Officials are giving apt replies to these calls. We have been responding to these phone calls that all migrant workers are safe in Kerala,” added the minister.
The minister also issued a strict warning to the contractors under whom the migrant workers are employed.
“If any migrant worker leaves the place where he is accommodated, the contractor will be responsible for it. In such a situation, the contractor will face stern action. They must confirm that the workers who are recruited by them are following the curfew imposed by the government,” warned the minister.
He also noted that the contractors must provide all facilities for the well-being of the workers.
“If any contractor fails to provide basic facilities to the workers, the government will provide it considering the present situation amid lockdown. But the contractor will be liable to face strict action over it,” he added.
As per the official records, 45,855 migrant workers are employed in Kerala. At the same time, there are many workers who are not listed in any records. The latest survey shows that the number of these non-listed workers will cross 8,000.
Meanwhile, a team was deployed to conduct a survey and collect details of migrant workers in Ernakulam district. The government hopes that the survey will give more clarity on migrant workers in the state.
Minister Sunil Kumar noted that the labour department and police have been monitoring the welfare of migrant workers in the state.