KOLLAM:With the arrest of a suspected Bodo militant from a cashew factory here on Wednesday the employers and authorities ponder over the challenge of monitoring the ubiquitous migrant labourers in the city.
Unlike other districts the concentration of cashew factories in and around the city has been a major draw for these labourers from West Bengal, Bihar and North Eastern states.
As the state is facing acute labour shortage one could find migrant labourers gather in large numbers at places such as Umayanalloor Junction and Decent Junction in the morning, waiting for potential employers to pick them up for doing odd jobs at construction sites.
Most of the time the employers do not bother to verify the credentials of the employees and this situation helps people with criminal background to find haven miles away from the scene of crime.
Cashew sector with more than 600 small and large factories continue to remain the largest employer of migrant labourers in the district.