BJP govt hikes daily wages of tea garden workers in Assam ahead of assembly polls


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BJP govt hikes daily wages of tea garden workers in Assam ahead of assembly polls

Ahead of the Assembly elections in Assam, the BJP-led state authorities on Saturday elevated the daily wages of scores of tea garden workers from Rs 167 to Rs 217 per day, officers mentioned.

The officers mentioned that the Cabinet assembly chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has determined to extend the daily wages of tea garden workers from Rs 167 to Rs 217 per day.

The assembly additionally determined that to suggest equal wage for small tea workers, a one-man committee beneath Principal Secretary J.B. Ekka can be fashioned.

Increase in daily wages of tea workers is an election challenge in Assam with opposition events, together with the Congress, criticising the BJP-led authorities for intentionally delaying wage revision for the final a number of years.

The fundamental opposition Congress claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to revise the daily wages of tea workers in Assam to Rs 350 previous to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

While the tea garden workers in southern Assam are getting daily wages of Rs 145 per day, the workers in the remaining areas of the state are getting Rs 167 per day.

On February 6, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had distributed Rs 3,000 every to 7,46,667 tea garden workers in Assam beneath the ‘Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela’ scheme. In the third tranche of the scheme, a complete quantity of Rs 224 crore was disbursed with Rs 3,000 getting transferred on to 7,46,667 financial institution accounts of tea garden workers throughout the state.

The scheme was began by the Assam authorities in 2017-18 and that 12 months Rs 2,500 every was offered to six,33,411 tea garden workers, whereas the same quantity was deposited in 7,15,979 financial institution accounts the following 12 months.

Assam has over 10 lakh tea garden workers in the organised sector working in 850 tea estates. The state roughly produces 55 per cent of India’s whole tea manufacturing of 1389.70 million kg. Tea tribe communities decide the votes in 30 to 35 of the 126 Assembly seats in the state.

Saturday’s cupboard assembly additionally determined to allot 10 bighas of land to the World Renewal Spiritual Trust in Kamrup, in addition to approving the acquisition of 8,000 wheelchairs for the following Assembly elections, that are more likely to be held in April-May this 12 months.


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