Migrant Workers Support Program

With a view to solve the two pronged issue of migrant labour from the state, DSS started a Migrant workers support program with assistance from Tata Trusts. Initially the program was operated in 2 blocks (Balipatana block in Khordha dist and Nimapara block in Puri dist). A new phase started during year 2015-16 for 3 years focusing on Balipatana block of Khordha dist only. However the project was closed by tata trusts by November 2016( 8 months in second year). The main focus of activity was on intensifying the services for migrant workers especially youth.

Achievements during the year :
• 3 panchayat level special camps conducted, 670 migrant workers registered
• 180 PRI made aware in 6 no of camps.
• 363 women from migrant families got financial literacy & leadership training under 9 no of programs.
• 30 migrant collective leaders got training in financial management.
• 41 women got vocational skill training in mushroom cultivation and dairy farming.
• 41 women got financial assistance to start household enterprises.
• 162 women from migrant families got health awareness and counseling in 3 number of camps.
• 14 women health counselors got training in health counseling under 2 programs.
• 62 migrant workers got occupational health counseling and blood grouping under 2 number of camps.
• 280 migrants youth got skill counseling under 5 camps.
• 40 migrant youth got one month long skill training in Driving and Masonry trade.
• A study was conducted on “Employment need and opportunity for Returnee Migrants”.
• 42 cases of wage disputes were solved under 8 no of legal clinics.
• 2 project staff were trained and send to exposure programs.
• One destination survey was conducted at Chennai.
• One block level and one district level stakeholders workshop were conducted where 72 Govt officials, NGOs participated.
• Rs.31,87,000 was advanced as livelihood promoting loan to 267 migrant families.
• 157 bank accounts opened, 100 PDS/ MNREGA/ Antodaya NOAP linked.
• 133 construction workers linked to BoCWW.

Migrant Workers Support Program

The United States Government is presently working on developing a new policy for the provision of temporary health insurance to migrant workers. The Migrant Workers Support Program will be established to provide medical and dental care for low-income and refugee migrant workers who live in camps to families or individuals that live in the United States. It is expected that this program will cover over six million people. This will help a lot in finding ways to protect these migrants from falling sick from their work-related injuries or illnesses due to insufficient medical care and insufficient diet. These Migrant Workers Support Program also covers undocumented workers who work in the agricultural sector.
The United States Government will be providing $20 billion in assistance to foreign workers. This is a significant amount to US government budget that is being proposed to be changed into a Migrant Workers Support Program. The primary aim of this Program is to cover the medical care and the mental health of the migrants in the camps. The primary purpose of the U.S Government policy is to protect migrant workers and their families from being cheated by fraudulent doctors. In addition, the Program will also cover the settlement of medical bills and legal fees if any workers are harassed and receive bad comments. Another primary purpose of the Program is to relieve the economic burden of the working poor.
Now is the time for the government to provide help to the jobless community. There has been a lot of instances where citizens have been affected due to lack of proper medical care and inadequate food. People are suffering from financial crisis and the government should provide adequate help so that people don't suffer.
  • migrant workerMigration and the many other opportunities offered by migration are key to the success of the migrant worker. However, it is often difficult for the migrant worker to get the right kind of support from the system so that he can get all the information and help that he needs to succeed.
  • There are many programs that are offered in support and at the same time, there are many more that the migrant worker needs to access so that he can grow, be creative, and thrive. In fact, there are many aspects that the migrant worker needs to know about, but he cannot get access to them. It is therefore, essential for the migrant worker to avail support of different organizations, educational institutes, and agencies.
  • When it comes to support, most organizations offer support as an integral part of their service to the migrant worker. They also offer professional and counseling support for the migrant worker to ensure that he gets the best out of the services they offer. They also keep him informed about any major changes in the industry that would affect his career or would have a negative impact on his life.
  • However, there is some good news for the migrant worker. This sector has a good track record and is very popular. Thus, there is no dearth of organizations offering support. There are also many independent agencies that also offer support and counseling to the migrant worker.
  • When the migrant worker first starts looking for support, he should first find out what kind of support he needs. For instance, if the worker needs financial assistance for the education of his children, then he should first look out for an institution that can help him with finances and supports the education of his children. But, if the migrant worker is looking out for professional assistance then he should look out for the right institutions that can provide this support.
  • The worker should not just get the professional assistance and support from institutions. He should also have the right attitude towards the company, where he is working. If the worker is able to work on a professional level, then he should ensure that he is supported properly and has a strong social network of people around him that can help him with anything.
  • When the migrant worker has access to the right kind of support, he should also put in the effort to make himself as attractive as possible. He should make his appearance as professional as possible. He should maintain the right attitude towards his employer and the industry that he is working in.
  • With all these things in mind, the migrant worker can actually ensure that he gets the right kind of support. There are a lot of people, who are willing to help and support the migrant worker.