Bhubaneswar, Sep 29: The state government told the assembly today that over 8.53 lakh migrant workers have returned to Odisha after imposition of lockdown due to Corona pandemic. However, it could not spell out as to how many of them returned back to their work place outside Odisha due to lack of employment in the state.
State Labour and Employee State Insurance Minister Susant Singh informed the state assembly in reply to two written questions in this regard today that as many as 8, 53,777 Odia migrant workers had returned to the state during Covid-19 pandemic.
Information is under collection as to how many workers had registered block-wise, said the minister. Steps have been initiated to provide employment to them under various schemes under various departments, said Singh. However, he could not provide the detailed figures.
The Labour Minister also said that information as to how many workers have returned back to their respective places of work due to dearth of employment have not been available.