Help desk launched for migrant workers at Erode Railway Junction
With migrant workers within the district heading in direction of their native States, a assist desk the place volunteers fill-up the railway reservation types and hearken to the grievances of the workers, began functioning round the clock at Erode Railway Junction on Wednesday.
Run by the Rights Education and Development Centre (READ), an NGO based mostly at Sathyamangalam, the desk is manned by three volunteers, who can learn and write in Hindi. There are about 1.25 lakh workers from varied States working in industries at SIPCOT, Perundurai, textile processing models and concerned in different actions within the district. With spike in COVID-19 instances and worry of lockdown, workers began returning to their native via trains from the district previously two weeks.
R. Karuppasamy, director, READ, mentioned varied issues have been encountered throughout the first wave of COVID-19 final yr when there was a mass exodus of migrant workers. Hence, to make sure that the state of affairs doesn’t come up, the assistance desk was began. Since trains are operated solely with reserved coaches, workers face problem in filling-up the types. “Staff fill-up the reservation forms after which workers reserve their tickets”, he added. Workers together with their household arrive at the station with out figuring out the prepare timings for their vacation spot and wait at the station even for two days. “On an average 500 migrant workers arrive at the junction every day in the past two weeks”, he mentioned.
Mr. Karuppasamy mentioned that many workers complain of non-receipt of wages and the difficulty is forwarded to the labour division for vital motion. Also, face masks and consciousness pamphlets on COVID-19 have been distributed to them, he mentioned and needed a helpline quantity to be launched by the labour division for the good thing about the migrant workers. “Since many workers say that they will not be returning, staff also explain them on the Provident Fund (PF) claim process that can be made online”, he mentioned.