TIRUPUR: The large populace of migrant workers from Odisha, working in the textile units of Tirupur, will now have a grievances redressal mechanism. 

The Odisha government has opened a migration support centre in the city to provide guidance and support to people who have migrated from the coastal state to Tamil Nadu. 

On Saturday, the centre was inaugurated by post-placement services officer of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) scheme Dhananjay Dwivedi at Rakkiyapalayam Pirivu on Kangeyam Road in the city. It was attended by human resources managers of 12 knitwear companies. 

The centre would mainly address the grievances of unskilled labourers trained under the DDU-GKY scheme. 

It is the third centre set up the Odisha government besides the two in the National Capital Region (NCR), Delhi, and Bengaluru. 

Odisha was the first to open such centre, mandated under the DDU-GKY scheme, in Tamil Nadu 

Knitwear cluster in the city has employed a largest concentration of Odia people, besides people from states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal. 

“Since textile business was one of the major employment generating fields, many people from Odisha, especially from its rural pockets, have been migrating to textile hubs, including Tirupur and Bengaluru. Many people were trained under the DDU-GKY scheme in Bhubaneswar and migrated to these hubs,” Dhananjay said. 

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“More than 5,000 candidates who received training for sewing machine operator job have been placed in knitwear units in Tirupur. More than 80% of them were women. Many of them were working in the industry for more than two years. One of the main objectives of the scheme was to ensure that they sustain in the jobs. For which, we provide incentive of Rs 6,000 if they complete six months in the same job, and additional Rs 2,000 if their stay prolonged a year, besides providing supports,” Dhananjay said.

Tirupur centre’s manager N Ramasamy said, “We would address problems faced by the employees in workplace, and the issues may be related to remuneration or other problems including harassment. We would directly talk to the companies and try to solve the problems. Otherwise, we would guide them to get basic amenities.”

The migration support centre would seek coordination from the companies to inform about the retention status of those employees, so that the Odisha government could provide the incentives to the right candidates and take steps to solve their problems, socially and professionally.

A 24-year-old migrant worker from Khendujar district in Odisha said, “When I was struggling to get job in my native, I got know about DDU-GKY scheme and then I got training for SMO. Now I am working in a knitwear unit in Tirupur. Now, we have moral support with the inauguration of the support centre.”

Published On : 12-02-2019

Source : Times of India

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