Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has given permission to the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to recruit over 11,800 workers from the state for critical projects, including in areas near the China border in Ladakh, after getting a written assurance about their welfare, state government sources said.
Jharkhand is also set to sign a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the BRO for ensuring welfare of workers in all recruitments in the future, sources in the Jharkhand Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
“We are committed to the welfare of our workers and our tribal brothers have long served the nation and built its frontiers. We are ready to send our workers in the interest of national security but will not allow any compromise of their honour, welfare rights, benefits and dignity,” Soren said.
National security is our priority and at the same time we have prioritised that the honour, dignity and rights of our workers are guaranteed while serving the nation,” he said.
The MoU, prepared by the CMO and the state’s labour department, will ensure an institutional framework safeguarding the benefits and welfare of workers from the state going to work at high-altitude projects of the BRO, the CMO sources said.
On the defence ministry’s request, the home ministry had written to the Railways on May 22 for arranging 11 special trains to transport workers from Jharkhand to Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and