Nine Odia migrant labourers stranded in Dubai return to India


New Delhi: Nine of the ten migrant workers from Odisha, who were stranded in Dubai have been brought to New Delhi with the help of Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday, Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said.

As per reports, the labourers hail from  Nayagarh, Khurda and Ganjam districts of the state.

The action of the External Affairs ministry came after the labourers made an emotional plea to the authorities on social media to help them return home. In the video, the labourers had alleged that they were tortured in the middle eastern country.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had also written to  External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urging him to intervene for the release and repatriation of 10 labourers from Odisha.

As per the allegations in the video, their passports were confiscated by their employers and they were forced to work under extreme conditions for extra hours without any remuneration.

According to sources, the labourers had gone to Dubai for work a few months ago. However, after months of work, they were not provided with the salary as promised earlier. Unable to come back, the victims shared a video to their family members.

Through the video, the labourers have urged the district administration to rescue them. Acting swiftly, the government rescued them and brought them back to the country. The labourers will soon be sent to their native villages after certain legal formalities, sources said.

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