Thursday, April 8, 2010

Team from State to visit ginger farms in Karnataka

KALPETTA: A team led by T. Bhaskaran, District Collector, Wayanad, will visit the ginger farms in Karnataka run by farmers from Kerala on Friday to ensure protection of the migrant tribal workers.

The team will evaluate the living conditions of the workers who were taken for work in the farms. Rugmini Subramanian, member of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission, tribal leaders, peoples representatives and police and revenue officials will be in the team.

Mr. Bhaskaran told The Hindu that the District Collector of Kodagu in Karnataka had promised assistance. A meeting of high-level officials, tribal leaders and peoples representative would be held after the visit and action would be taken, if necessary.

Four tribal migrant workers from the district have been found dead in mysterious circumstances in the work sites in Karnataka within a month.

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