Mangaluru: Youths from either side might lose jobs due to Kerala border closure

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 12: The closure of border between Karnataka and Kerala has been casting serious repercussions on the job prospects of many from both the states. The employees who are employed in institutions and industries across the border are unable to cross the border like they did in the past, and hence they face the chance of losing their existing jobs.

Karnataka had closed its borders located on about ten roads connecting the two states because of the increasing coronavirus cases in Kerala. After COVID-19 cases in Kasargod came down steeply and Dakshina Kannada was plagued by increasing number of infected people, Kerala government also had sealed border on its side. As a result, many who work on the other side of the border are unable to attend to their duties and unless something is done immediately, may lose jobs for continued absence.

Several concerns which had stopped functioning because of lockdown rules, have now begun operations with minimum staff. The companies having employees from the neighbouring states have asked them to report for duties. People from Kerala working in Mangaluru have to report for work and likewise, people from Dakshina Kannada working in Kerala are under pressure to re-join work. When the borders will open is uncertain as yet.

Many have been drawing the attention of both the state governments towards this problem through the social media and pleading for permission to undertake two-way travel once every day by using own vehicles.

A large number of people from coastal Karnataka working in other states have now been asked to re-join work. They have no clear idea whether they have to undertake COVID test and take a certificate or whether they will be placed under quarantine once they reach their places of work. They cannot wait for the lockdown to end as the companies may choose to terminate their services for failing to attend work.




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  • Satish Kunder, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Nobody has the right to take away the job based on their permanent residence. People should be allowed to work anywhere in the world based on their specialization. State governments need to facilitate so that nobody lose their jobs. Limiting the people to work within their state may lead to serious problems both for job seekers as well as employers as right person may not be available to do the job.

    However for unskilled jobs preference should be given to local. Local unskilled persons should be given training in safety and trade to make them professional suitable for the job. District administration should take the lead and use the local experts in different trades to impart the training.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Tue, May 12 2020

    This loss of jobs is bound to happen as each state that is Karnataka and Kerala close their borders due to COVID-19 crisis. Each state want to play it safe as we all know this is a deadly disease.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 12 2020

    This is where our ' Migrant Labor Heroes ' Thakur,Ivan n Co.should play a constructive part.
    On the other side also there are useless fellows under Pin.Vijayan n Co.
    All Jay Veeru ,Chembu Gudda Hero Types.
    Nobody does any job that would be helpful in these circumstances that one would remember for life.
    All destructive and aimed at gaining political mileage only
    No ounce of humanity....

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  • Kumar, Kudle

    Tue, May 12 2020

    This is lame excuse. The immediate concern should saving ourselves from Virus. For that closing border is essential. Border should be closed until all the cases are cured and then we can think about fully opening borders. Now after return of so many citizens from aboard , we should be very careful.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Corona and lockdown has caused mistrust between countries, states within the same country, districts within same state,areas within same town and city, and also between members of the same family.This is because an environment of fear and panic artificially created. Open up everything and allow normalcy to return.Be Happy Be Healthy.

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  • Sunil DSouza, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    I really doubt if there any Mangaloreans working in Kerala but its for sure that plenty of Keralites work in Mangalore.......Its the regionalistic attitude that these people actually have which makes this situation. Mangaloreans are more open towards people from all states but the reverse is not true.

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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Tue, May 12 2020

    This is myth, there are lot of Mangaloreans working in Kochi and Trivandrum. Drivers, hotel owners and cooks, Brahmin priests (high demand) etc

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  • praveen, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    We need to see the case wth the economics underneath..Keralites are moving across the borders as there are not much employment opportunities within the state.Similarly in Karnataka if there are more non kanndigas working that means within the state there is a shortage of employable workforce. Take the case of software companies , if u say we dont want outsiders in these companies then the result will be these MNCs will shift their base.So basically it is not the sacrifice of the state to employ outside people but it is the necessity.Taking educational institutions , do you think that these colleges work with only local students..??The day u make the admission restricted to locals , then 90 percent of colleges have to shut. So start to understand that those who are coming and those who are living are equally benefited ....

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  • Jince, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Mangalore is well known as education hub and all the medical and educational institutions are open for all people in the country. Most of the medical universities in the msngalore trying to attract even international students... So dont be so narrow minded... And dont take these fascilities of mangalore as your pride... These all are hardwork of indian citizen... Educated Karnataka people know all these facts...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 12 2020

    We will hire people from Karnataka & you ...

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  • Nawaz, Beijing

    Tue, May 12 2020

    But you need Maharashtra to work ? No job Karnataka ?

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  • Sudakara, Pumpwell/Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    No problem don't open the border. Permanently close it. If 2 people from our side work in their side their 20 people will come to our side and takes our jobs. So please permanently close it. Let the employment competition stop!

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  • Faizal, mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Correct... Creat a country .. Dakshina kannada... .. .convert all district into country.

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Each District can function as a union territory and scrap the state Act throughout India. More teeth may transfer to centre and easy to do governance.

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  • Mohammed Farveez, Haleangadi Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    What kind of human you are ? there are people working outside mangalore, who were from mangalore.

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  • vivek, mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    It is very disturbing to see such comments. Has your soul died?. They are working for a livelihood, so start respecting that. If people in countries like US,UK, Gulf countries start thinking like you millions of Indians will lose their jobs and in turn affect our economy. Last but not the least, please do not forget they are Indians too.

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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Shame on you for making such insensitive comments during this crisis!!!!

    You should also remember that there are many Mangaloreans working outside DK dist, outside Karnataka state or abroad. Does your rule apply for them as well??? More you want to isolate yourself, more you will be a loser.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Tue, May 12 2020

    We already lost our airport due to such attitude. Now we stand to lose our medical and educational institutions too.

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  • Srikar, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 12 2020

    We dint loose bro.. I keep seeing your comment in every post.. The airport is still functional... Sitting in Kallianpur why are u worried man ?

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  • Ajay, India

    Tue, May 12 2020

    When he said ‘we lost our airport’ it means, there’s much fewer flights from Mangalore compared to Kannur on a regular day. This is because Kerala gov has removed fuel taxes for Kannur airport for long term and hence tickets are way cheaper. So people from Kannur, Kasargod and Mangalore who earlier used Mangalore airport, now use Kannur airport. And slowly, Mangalore airport might even shut down, if the KA Gov doesn’t do anything about it,

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