Alaigiri comes to rescue of 80 TN workers stranded in Libya

More than 80 construction workers from Tamil Nadu stranded in Libya without proper food and wages for several months have found their saviour in Union Minister M K Alaigiri, who has arranged for their rescue.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

Madurai: More than 80 construction
workers from Tamil Nadu stranded in Libya without proper food
and wages for several months have found their saviour in Union
Minister M K Alaigiri, who has arranged for their rescue.

Officials here said the workers were sent to the North
African country by man-power agencies but had been living
under trying circumstances with their employers not paying
their wages.
Muniaswamy, one of the workers from Chennai stranded
in Libya, had narrated their plight to his relatives and
appealed for their rescue.

Similarly, relatives of the workers from Cuddalore
District had approached Tamil Nadu Health Minister M R K
Panneerselvam to set the workers free and bring them back to
India.

Panneerselvam in turn had approached Alagiri and
requested him to rescue the labourers.

The Union Minister contacted the Indian embassy
officials in Libya and sought their cooperation in rescuing
the workers.
Already a batch of 40 workers had been rescued, and
steps were taken to secure the release of the remaining 40
workers. The workers would reach India shortly, officials
said.

In Jalandhar, relatives and kin of 108 Indians, who
went from Punjab to Libya in 2008 to work but are now stuck
there, have also sought the government`s help in getting them
back.

Addressing a press meet, the relatives said that they
got their visas two years back to work in some Pakistani
companies there.

But the companies in which they were working have
ceased to exist and their visas are now with Libyan
immigration and they are asking for a huge sum to release it,
they said.

PTI