Migrant Workers In Mangaluru Served Rotten, Decaying Rice As Free Ration

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Migrant Workers In Mangaluru Served Rotten, Decaying Rice As 'Free Ration'

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Several workers claimed that the rice was spoilt to an extent that it was unfit for animals consumption.

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In an appalling incident, migrant workers stranded in Karnataka's Mangaluru were given rice that was rotten and unfit for human consumption.

The Labour Department had distributed rice bags a few days ago when the migrant labourers held a protest near MRPL urging the authorities to make travel arrangements for them to send them back to their native states.

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) state president Muneer Katipalla said that the 5-kilo rice bags were given in a bid to pacify the protestors so that they withdraw the protest.

When the labourers checked the bags after returning back, they found it to be rotten. Workers claimed that the rice was spoilt to the extent that it was unfit for animal consumption.

Additional Deputy Commissioner MK Roopa denied distributing spoilt rice."If you want, I will take you to the godown and show you. Around 500 bags are still there," she said.

Migrant workers have been affected the most since the nationwide lockdown was imposed. Restrictions on transport facilities, inadequate arrangements and lack of employment have forced the workers to walk thousands of kilometres to reach their native states.

Also Read: 'How Can We Stop This If They Sleep on Tracks?' Supreme Court On 16 Migrant Workers Killed In Aurangabad

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