Karnataka: The wire’ reported that the BJP government in Karnataka decided to not sent migrants back home but want them work for the building lobby.
Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa held meeting with builders and contractors. Soo after the meeting, the state government decided to cancel all the trains it had previously requested to carry migrant workers back to their home states from today.
This decision has been criticized by several trade organizations who said it amounted to forced labor and curbing the freedom of the poor.
The decision by the state BJP government to not let workers return to their home state has come at a time when around 53,000 people had registered for travel back to Bihar alone.
Fearing that such large scale reverse migration would impact construction work in the state, a number of builders and contractors under the aegis of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) met Yediyurappa on Tuesday.
During the meeting, these builders and contractors are learned to have assured the government that they would take care of the laborers, a responsibility most of them had not shouldered so far. A senior official was quoted by the Deccan Herald as saying, “the laborers wanted to go as they had no job. Now that the work will begin, they will stay back.”
Forced labour is banned by law of India.
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Following the meeting, the Revenue Department of the Karnataka government wrote to southwestern railways seeking the cancellation of the ten trains it had asked for early to transport workers home.
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