Telangana seeks rice mill workers from Bihar amid lockdown

South India

While migrant workers in most states are trying to return to their home states, the Telangana government is trying to woo the workers to the state.

According to Times of India report, the Telangana government has requested the Bihar government to send 20,000 homalis (labourers) specialised in loading and unloading paddy and rice and other chores at rice mills and paddy procurement centres.

The rice mills have been lying idle after over 30,000 hamalis had gone to Bihar for Holi and could not return due to lockdown. The report said that the millers had contacted the workers and had agreed to return. However, the officials are allowing them to take the special train to Telangana.

The Telangana government has requested the Bihar government to give permission for the workers to be transported to Telangana in special Shramik Special trains after conducting Covid-19 tests and maintaining social distancing norm during travel.

Chief secretary Somesh Kumar has also sent a list of workers (hamalis) who are staying in various districts of Bihar and who have given their consent to come to work if provided transportation facility.

Over 200 labourers from Bihar had arrived at Hyderabad on Friday through a special “Shramik Express.” These workers are expected to return to work in rice mills across the state. However, the state needs at least 20,000 workers to complete the operation.

Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar said the migrant workers would work in rice mills in Miryalaguda, Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Jagitial, Peddapalli, Sultanabad, Siddipet, Mancherial and several other places in Telangana. They were sent to their respective destinations in buses arranged by the state road transport corporation.

Masks were provided and physical distance was maintained in the trains and buses.

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