IIT Bhubaneswar has recently distributed packed food and drinking water to the migrant workers in its campus. This initiative was a part of Labour commission and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
As per the official statement of IIT Bhubaneswar, it along with National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) Ltd have been looking after 2, 022 migrant workers stranded in its campus, since the lockdown was announced.
Director of the Institute, R.V. Raja Kumar said, "Some batches have started leaving for their homes after the relaxations were announced by the government. Permissions were obtained and 1800 of them left by buses with full formalities done during the last two weeks before they left the campus. I personally sent lists of them (of the migrant workers) to the Chief Secretaries of their home states informing about their availability there for employment to help in possible immediate re-employment.”
Not only this, the teachers and students of the institute have also helped the family of a deceased labourer with a token of financial assistance of INR 46,000 from 92 donors. They also stretched their help to the victims of cyclone Amphan which hit Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal.