Sundergarh, Jan 28: In a mockery of all welfare measures taken by the government for the benefit of the labourers, family of a brick kiln worker in Sapadagar village under Tumulia panchayat in Sundergarh district is finding it tough to arrange bread and butter for them after he lost her hands in an accident.
The victim identified as Phulchand Kissan lives with his wife Malli and five children in Sapadagar village in a thatched house. The family lived happily by depending on the little earnings of Rs 8,000 per month of Phulachand, who worked in the fly ash bricks factory of Ajay Patel located in Sabdega for last six years.
However, things took a drastic turn for the family all of a sudden a few months back after Phulchand lost his hands to an industrial accident. After assuring for suitable compensation for the loss, the owner of the brick factory followed ‘dilly-dallying’ policy in granting Phulchand’s family the monetary assistance. Later a complaint by the poor family to Talasara Police also fell into deaf ears.
Finding no other option, the victim family is now living under wretched condition and depending on the neighbours help to arranged their meals, says reports.
“We knocked the door of police on two occasions after the brick factory owner didn’t keep his promise of compensation but police didn’t take any step. We are now living on begging,” said Phulchand’s wife.
After being asked on the issue a labour department official said as the matter has come to their notice, an inquiry will be made soon and action will be taken against the brick factory owner if found guilty.
“As far as losing hands is concerned, this comes under the Employees Compensation (EC) Act and the beneficiary needs to file a claim in this regard to the Divisional Labour Commissioner, Rourkela. We would make an inquiry visit to the company where the complainant was working and check whether the employer has complied to the law of compensation or not,” Rabindra Barla, Assistant Labour Officer, Rourkela assured.