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Modi effect: J’khand workers from Gujarat get paid leave for polls

Pravin Kumar Mishra  Giridih, April 15, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:41 IST(15/4/2014)

Sunil Vishwakarma, a worker in a garment factory in Surat, can’t hide his disbelief. His employer has not only given him a week-long leave so that he could vote in his native place, he would also be paid for the period.

Scores of workers like him have been granted leave by factory owners in Gujarat and Maharashtra, a phenomenon attributed to ‘Modi wave’.

Vishwakarma said his two sons and several colleagues, who work in the same factory, came to their native Jhariyagadi village, which falls in Giridih Lok Sabha constituency, so that he could vote on April 17.

He said several workers from Koderma constituency, who also work in Gujarat, were returning to their workplaces after voting on April 10 in state’s first phase of the elections.

Vishwakarma is one of the 10,000 workers who have migrated to other states, particularly Gujarat and Maharashtra, to eke out their livelihood.

The workers are normally granted paid holidays only for religious festivals in their native places. “We hardly find such type of kind heartedness among our employers. This is nothing but the effect of Narendra Modi who has perhaps appealed to the traders in Gujarat and Maharashtra to grant paid leave to their workers,” said Subodh Kant, a resident of New Barganda in Giridih, who claimed to be a general manager in a garment factory in Surat.

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