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Expat Odia workers stranded in Oman with no food, no pay

Bhubaneswar: Around 17 Odia workers have been stranded in an industrial town in Oman, without proper food, drinking water, shelter, health care and valid work visa for the last few days.

A video showing their strike in front of the company gate went viral following which family members have invited media attraction to put pressure on the government for their safety return.

Sources said Muscat police has discussed with the protesting labourers.

The workers, who had migrated to the gulf country for job through a private organisation based in Bhubaneswar, were working in a construction unit named J&P Company.

Eight of them belong to Aska, Kodala and Chhatrapur area of Ganjam district while others are from Bhubaneswar and Balasore.

In addition to the Odia workers, there are around 1200 workers from other States like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and West Bengal too stranded in the company.

The company allegedly has not provided them a valid work permit visa as it failed to renew it.

The workers were left in lurch by the company management by not providing salary for the last five months.

Following the crisis, the workers have apprised the Indian embassy and ministry of External Affairs.

According to workers, they landed in this trouble due the company’s mismanagement.

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