Kerala: Move to better migrant workers' living conditions

It is also aimed at taking strict action against those who run labour camps.

Kozhikode: In order to put an end to the pathetic situation in migrant settlements housing migrant labourers in the State, the labour department has intensified the inspection of the living condition of the migrant camps here. The move was in the wake of the increasing number of fever cases and related diseases being reported among migrant labourers. It is also aimed at taking strict action against those who run labour camps.

According to the statistics of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project of health department, among the 69 Malaria cases reported from January to June in Kozhikode District, 38 cases were from migrant labour camps and similar cases were also reported from other Districts. During a recent inspection conducted by labour officers, it was noted that owners of the camps were charging an average of Rs.1,000 per head and providing the worst facilities. During this inspection, 12 camp owners were given closure notices because of dilapidated and unhygienic conditions.

“It was in a joint meeting of Health, Labour, Revenue and Local Self-government Department officials, the pathetic living condition of the migrant labourers in the District was pointed out. Several measures have been planned to improve their living conditions”, said KM Sunil, Joint Labour Commissioner.

“The health department has come forward to issue health cards to the pending registered and non-registered labourers, which can be used for health check-ups like general check-up, special health check-up of skin and eyes, and a test for malaria”, he added.

The representatives of local bodies have been directed to cap the number of tenants being accommodated in each room and submit a report on whether migrants are overcrowded in their respective accommodations. The District administration has also directed its officials to make regular visits to labour camps functioning across the district.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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