migrant labourers

Kozhikode Brings In Strict Regulations for Migrant Labourer Camps

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode administration has imposed stringent regulations for the setting up of migrant labourer camps in the district.

Sources said that, as per the regulations, the building or shed providing accommodation for this section of the work force should have numbers issued by the local bodies. Camps in low lying areas violating the existing rules would not be given permission for accommodating them, they said.

The rules, among others, stipulate at least 2.5 sq m space for each worker, one toilet with for 10 persons, kitchen, bathrooms and provision for drinking water and waste disposal.

The administration would carry out the first phase of inspection of these camps by September 15, second phase by November 15 and every three months later, they said, adding that a committee comprising the District Collector, District Police Chief and Corporation Secretary, among others, would monitor the inspection.

Kerala accounted for 2.5 million migrant workers as per a 2013 study conducted by the Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT).