Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Tuesday deputed three senior officers to monitor the anti-migration initiatives taken with a view to check possible distress migration from the State.

The State Labour Commissioner, Panchyati Raj Director(Special Project) and Odisha Livelihood Mission(OLM) Director will visit key areas in Bolangir and Nuapada and other district and monitor the intervention plan. Besides, two senior officers from Labour Directorate have been ordered to camp at Bolangir and Nuapada for strict enforcement of Inter-state Migrant Workmen (RE & CS) Act,1979. This has been decided at a high-level meeting chaired by principal secretary, Labour and ESI, Anu Garg.

As part of the anti-migration initiatives, the meeting decided that the district collectors of 11 migration prone districts be asked to educate the people about the Shramik Sahayata Helpline and Migrant Help Desk in other States.

Three rural labour inspectors have been posted in the block offices of Belpada and Khaprakhol district of Bolangir district and Nuapada block of Nuapada district. Funds have been placed with School & Mass Education department for ensuring basic infrastructure in season hostels for the children of migrant workers in the district of Bolangir, Bargarh, Nuapada and Kalahandi. The camps for registering migrant construction workers under Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board have opened in Bolangir and Nuapada with focus on extending benefits to the eligible registered migrant workers. The intervention under Odisha Livelihood Mission to extend financial assistance from vulnerability reduction fund and community investment fund are being worked out in 30 gram panchyats of Nuapada and Bolangir districts.

Agriculture, panchyati Raj, School and Mass Education, Food Supply & Consumer Welfare, Fishery & Animal Husbandry , Skill Development & Technical Education and Water Resources departments are working in convergence to tackle the distress migration problem being faced by the State.