Aawaz helps police map guest workers

2.75 lakh enrolments in State

Increasing enrolment in the Aawaz insurance scheme, implemented by the Labour Department, is helping the police keep tabs on guest workers.

Besides bringing the labour force under a health insurance coverage, the scheme has enabled the government to create a database of guest workers in the State.

Around 2.75 lakh guest workers have been enrolled in Kerala under the scheme and close to 27,000 of them are employed in the district. In addition to collecting photographs and biometrics, including fingerprints and iris of the insured, the scheme also links the insurance account with the Aadhaar card, a Labour Department official said.

200 enrolment camps

Considering the difficulty in coordinating the floating population, the scheme is being undertaken with the participation of the police. There are close to 200 enrolment camps in the district with the community relation officers at each police station playing a crucial role in the endeavour. In addition to the ‘Shramik Bandhu’ facilitation centre at the KSRTC bus terminal complex in Thampanoor, camps were being held in various police station limits. Details of contractors who brought workers from various States are being simultaneously updated at police stations.

Distinct pattern

The drive has enabled the police to understand a pattern of migrant concentration in the city. “We know that many natives of Jharkhand are working at Vizhinjam and adjacent places. A large number of people from West Bengal and Bihar are employed at Sreekaryam, Mannanthala, and areas nearby. People from Assam and West Bengal are employed in large numbers in construction activities in Kazhakuttam and Technopark,” an official said.

Many guest workers have been undergoing training in coconut plucking and farming through ‘Karshika Karma Senas’ in areas such as Chenkottukonam, Sreekaryam, Powdikonam, and Karakulam.

Official sources said that while the government was against hounding guest labourers through excessive surveillance and thereby infringing upon their fundamental rights, the database would enable the police to access information about any worker.

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