Bhubaneswar, May 17 : Senior BJP Leader and also leader of Opposition in Odisha state Assembly P K Nayak has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take adequate steps to bring back people of Western Odisha stranded outside the state due to lockdown.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Mr Nayak said lakhs of people from Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nuapada, Nabarangpur,and Padmapur sub division of Bargarh District temporarily migrate to the southern part of the country for brick making and other labour intensive work. Though 4.5 lakh people of Western Odisha are stranded at different parts of the country but the government has not taken adequate steps to bring them to their homes and delaying the matter. He said the labourers are keen to come to the state from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, and TamilNadu but the authorities in these states are saying that the Odisha government is not giving permission for their movement.
Mr Nayak said he had contacted the Nodal Officer of Andhra Pradesh to take stock of the situation but he did not show any interest in bringing them back. Many people are interested to come from Wardha, Gujarat, Pune, and Maharashtra on foot. The State Government, he said, should take steps to accord permission to those who are interested to come. by their hired vehicles and poor people should be evacuated by the government free of cost. Mr Nayak said while 54 trains evacuated people of Ganjam, Bhadrak and Balasore districts only two trains have come to Bolangir with the labourers of Western Odisha so far. Out of 54 trains 30 trains brought the labourers from outside the state to Ganjam, the Leader of Opposition said. (UNI)