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11 October 2017, 09:18 | Jodi Jackson
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
Backing up its commitment to the safety of migrant workers in Kerala, the government on Tuesday announced a slew of measures for their welfare.Addressing a press conference, Labour Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan said the messages circulating on the social media about migrant labourers were nothing but a smear campaign against Kerala.
According to The Indian Express, a fake audio clip being circulated in Kozhikode for the last two days purportedly claimed that a hotel employee from West Bengal was beaten to death by his employer.
State police chief Loknath Behera on Tuesday issued a statement giving assurances of safety to migrant workers in the backdrop of fake stories being circulated on social media platforms of widespread attacks on workers from other states. Subsequently, workers employed in hotels started leaving the north Kerala city of Kozhikode.
In a series of tweets and in a FB post, the CM condemned the attempts "by vested interests to tarnish the image of Kerala by spreading unrest in the peaceful atmosphere of the state".
"Like Keralites, migrant workers are fully safe and secure here". He said that the police will initiate strict action against those who are spreading lies through social media. "There was not a single incident of migrant workers being attacked in the state in the recent past".
"All protection will be given to migrant labourers. Let us ignore/ reject the rumours and celebrate the real fact towards a Happy, Healthy and worker friendly Kerala", the tweets said.
The false campaign also used videos of mob lynching in the North to scare and trigger panic among the workers.
It also points out that the Left-led Kerala government will be the first in country to provide insurance and free medical treatment for migrant workers.
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