BHAWANIPATNA: Kalahandi district administration has started an awareness campaign to prevent the labourers from being harassed and exploited by unauthorised labour agents and contractors.
District Labour Office has released `two lakh for the purpose. Kala Sanskruti Sangh of Kalahandi has been entrusted to take up the awareness drive to be launched in eight blocks of the district which are vulnerable to labour migration. The blocks to be covered by the campaign are Golamunda, Jaipatna, Koksara, Dharamgarh, Karlamunda, Narla and Kesinga. Thirty cultural groups affiliated to Kala Sanskruti Sangh have been entrusted to campaign through different folk art forms like Ghumura, Bajasal, Pala and Sankirtan.
The cultural groups will perform in 72 villages including weekly markets within 15 days, said Secretary of District Council of Culture Kalicharan Mohanty.
After Nuakhai, middlemen have started mobilising the labourers to send them outside the State for work. They offer advance money to their families. Though many times the labourers are deprived of their statutory rights, they do not intimate Labour Office before migrating nor they check the registration certificate of the labour contractor.