At a time when highways and borders are dotted with innumerable migrant labours, rendered jobless and returning to their native villages, worried about how to make two ends meet, the ongoing construction of projects of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) holds the ray of hope for them.
Senior officials of DFCCIL, a public sector undertaking under ministry of railways, and contracting agencies have written to district magistrates of their respective areas, requesting them to provide available migrant labourers willingly to work in ongoing construction of dedicated freight corridors.
The migrant workers rendered jobless during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown could hence get jobs near their home towns after some basic training. “Although a large number of workers are already working as various sections of freight corridors across the country are still under construction, there is no dearth of jobs for labourers.
The agencies, given contract in each section, would ensure fastpaced training and then hire the labourers for different works as per need,” said DFCCIL Managing Director, A K Sachan, last week. Officials and contractors of both Eastern and Western dedicated freight corridors have already started the process in this regard at Prayagraj and Mirzapur in UP, Sonnagar (Bihar), Ludhiana (Punjab), parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and other states where construction is going on, he added.
“The work at different sites was stopped during first phase of lockdown but was restarted when government announced relaxations in second and subsequent phases. However, going with the mammoth size of work in hand, the agencies that have been allotted work have huge demand for workers and could employ these migrant labourers,” Sachan added.
All the labourers already working in the ongoing projects were retained by contractors and were paid their wages too. The work has been going on during lockdown while following all the protocols and norms laid down to control Covid-19 pandemic, be it social distancing, wearing masks etc, he said.