State’s intervention helps 61 workers return home safely from Himachal Pradesh after assault incident

Ranchi: The intervention of the state following the assault on the labourers of Jharkhand working in the Rathi Hydoelectric Power Project Private Limited in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh bore fruit as so far a total of 61 workers have returned home in four batches and the process is going on.

All the workers are residents of Khunti, Torpa, Bandgaon and other parts of the state. These workers had gone to work in Rathi Hydroelectric Power Project Private Limited, Himachal Pradesh. The return was engendered by an incident in which the workers of Jharkhand were assaulted. After that incident, the workers had pleaded for return. Taking cognizace of the matter, the Chief Minister, immediately directed senior officials to work closely on this issue and ensure the safe return of workers from Himachal Pradesh.

Following the instructions of the Chief Minister, the State Migrant Control Room under the Labour Department connected with the top officials of the respective company and ensured the safe return of the workers. After the intervention of the state government, the company management, based in Himachal Pradesh, also agreed to send other workers back.

The intervention from the state government also impelled the company’s management to pay all the arrears & wages to the returnee labourers. On his return, one of the workers Etwa Munda told that more groups are preparing to come back to Jharkhand. State Migrant Control Room counsellor Rajni Tape said that they are in constant touch with the head of Rathi Hydro project Power Private Limited. Also they are in regular contact with the labourers willing to come back hurdles, if any, in the return of workers are being addressed. She said that the department is preparing to bring back all the labourers, willing to come back, who are left in Himachal Pradesh.

The company’s officials have been asked to share details of all the workers from Jharkhand. All the workers who came back, thanked Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Labour Minister Satyanand Bhogta and the State Migrant Workers Control Room.

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