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Plantation owners in Kodagu asked to furnish details about labourers from NE


Madikeri: A move of lawsuits from residents of the hilly district about Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from Burma allegedly coming into Kodagu illegally under the guise of coffee plantation labourers has prompted police to launch a documentation drive. Kodagu district police have requested plantation house owners to furnish information about those workers of their employ who hail from Assam and different Northeastern states. While allegations of migrants from neighbouring countries illegally coming into the district had been doing the rounds in the district for the past twelve months, but it was once the recent homicide of a labourer from Assam that has acted as a catalyst for the police power to begin this drive.
Kodagu superintendent of police Suman D Pennekar showed to NewsTread that they had requested plantation house owners to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to provide details about labourers from Northeastern states. “There isn't any order. We are doing this as a precautionary measure following the homicide of an Assamese labourer recently,” Pannekar mentioned.

District police estimate that there are around 5,000 to 6,000 individuals hired in coffee plantations. “They started to return here in the hunt for paintings around seven to 8 years in the past. Since we have no check in with the exact main points, it is laborious for us to even speculate on the number,” mentioned police resources.

In reality, resentment and discontent are rife amongst a bit of Kodagu residents, who really feel that they've been deprived of employment opportunities since plantation house owners favor to hire them, since they are prepared to paintings extra hours for a similar wages.

Gopal Appaiah, a plantation proprietor in Haleri, mentioned that workers from Assam, and its neighbouring states have been greater than prepared to paintings for three or 4 hours extra although their wages have been on a par with what was once paid to the locals. “The downside is that many local workers aren't very excited about running on plantations. And the employees from the Northeast are filling these vacancies,” Appaiah mentioned.

He added that, whilst middlemen have been initially considering serving to those from the Northeast obtain employment in Kodagu, the employees started arriving by way of themselves from Bengaluru or Kerala in a while. “They subsist in somewhat difficult stipulations,” mentioned Appaiah.


Former vice-chairman of the Coffee Board of India Bose Mandanna mentioned that the drive launched by way of police was once a step in the best route. Pointing out that coffee was once a labour intensive crop, Mandanna mentioned, “There is very large call for for inexpensive labour. The middlemen get workers from Northeastern parts of the country, and get a commission. But the problem is that the employees don't remain in one location. There are probabilities of them fleeing. Also, there have been studies of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from Burma illegally coming into the district. So, if police are equipped with information about their antecedents, it's going to ensure that the employees aren't considering unlawful activities.”


Mandanna alleged that many labourers had even controlled to obtain Aadhaar Cards by way of furnishing false information.


Madikeri MLA and BJP leader Appachu Ranjan welcomed the drive. “I have been raising this factor, and feature spoken about this even in the assembly. I'm happy to peer police have after all taken some motion on this regard,” Ranjan told TOI.




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