Bhaskar Rao, Bengaluru city police commissioner, on Wednesday claimed there are around 3 lakh Bangladeshis across the state and around 3,000 of them left the city following the recent crackdown. It’s the first time a high-ranking official has put a number to Bangladeshis in Karnataka following the debate over the new citizenship law.
At a conclave on ‘Construction Workers Safety, Health and Welfare’ organised by the labour department and IIMB here, he said the estimate was arrived at based on information sourced from Bangladeshis deported recently. There’s been no study to ascertain the Bangladeshi population in the state, Rao said, adding that most illegal Bangladeshis in Bengaluru are victims of human trafficking.
“They come to Bengaluru for employment. Unlike other cities, Bengaluru has a lot of job potential and pays good salaries too. There are a lot of Bangladeshis working in the construction industry,” Rao said.
They take less wages: Rao
Workers from Bangladesh demand lower wages. While other labourers demand around Rs 500 to Rs 600 per day, Bangladeshi workers don’t complain about being paid around Rs 100-150,” Rao said, adding that this has encouraged human traffickers to increasingly bring in Bangladeshis.
Suresh Hari, chairman, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, however, said they’re not aware of the nationality of their workers as contractors bring workers registered for tasks. “It’s difficult to say where they are from as there’s also construction work outside Credai’s purview,” Hari said.