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No Indian worker held captive in Lanka: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

No Indian worker involved in labour dispute with any Sri Lankan company is held captive in that country, government told today.

External Affairs Minister stated this on the basis of information received from the Indian High Commission.


Replying to questions, she said 77 labourers stranded in were brought back on January 6 and January 8 this year.

The workers had been sent to a "black listed" Indian company in by unauthorised agents, she said, adding the Centre has written to governments of and to probe the case of unauthorised agents.

Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, while replying to questions pertaining to his ministry, said development of slum areas in is facing practical problems as residents are not ready to temporarily move to other places to provide for construction work in those areas.

To another question, he said Centre has launched Swachh Mission (SBM) at an estimated cost of Rs 62,009 core with the target to make the contry clean by October 2, 2019.

"Under SBM, solid waste management projects are eligible for grant/viability gap funding up to 20 per cent of total project cost form Government of India," he said.

The balance funding will come from various other such sources like state governments, urban local bodies and private sector.

He also said government was consulting international experts for solid waste management.

First Published: Thu, March 12 2015. 15:48 IST
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