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Local workers not matching up to guest workers, say contractors

“Apart from being amenable to flexible timings, guest workers work harder than locals. Their workmanship cannot also be matched by local workers,” said a higher official

Source | hr.economictimes.indiatimes.com | TNN

Madurai: With more than 80% guest workers having left the city, various projects including those of smart city carried out by Madurai corporation have been dragging on. Officials say they have deployed local workers to manage the situation, but that the new recruits are struggling to match up to the guest workers in terms of output.

Corporation officials said around 350 guest workers were involved in various smart city projects such as Periyar bus terminal reconstruction, multi-level car parking and Vaigai river front development. A large number of guest workers were employed in Vaigai river bed road widening project and elevated corridor project on New Natham Road. Since most of them have left the city on trains arranged by the district administration, contractors are now clueless as to when they will return.

“Apart from being amenable to flexible timings, guest workers work harder than locals. Their workmanship cannot also be matched by local workers,” said a higher official.

A contractor said that apart from their skills and speed, guest workers were flexible in terms of payment as well. While they have to make payment every week for local workers, they could pay monthly wages to guest workers. It was a cushion enjoyed by contractors since there may be delay in government agencies releasing funds, he said.

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