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Assam govt. decides to raise tea garden workers wage by INR 38

By PTI Updated: May 28, 2021 11:48 pm

Guwahati, May 28 (PTI): The Assam government on Friday decided to hike wages of tea garden workers by INR 38 and this will be effective from February 23 of this calendar year.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, held a meeting with representatives of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and other tea bodies to discuss issues pertaining of wage fixation and it was decided to hike the daily wage of tea workers by INR 38.

“With this hike, the tea workers in Brahmaputra valley would get INR 205 from the existing INR 167 and tea workers of Barak valley would get INR 183 from the existing INR 145”, Sarma said.

The previous BJP-led alliance government of former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in its last cabinet meeting in February this year had hiked the daily wage to INR 217, but the garden owners approached the Gauhati High Court and the decision could not be implemented.

“Since Feb. 23 decision by the government to raise the daily wages of the tea garden workers and the subsequent court order, we considered it crucial to find a special solution, in the interim. Today, we have made a headway on that”, Sarma said.

The chief minister further said that true to the “government’s commitment and for the welfare of the tea garden workers, we will raise the remaining INR 12 after initiating consultation with stake holders and we are confident that an acceptable solution will be found out very soon”.

The meeting was attended by minister for Industries and Commerce, Chandra Mohan Patowary, minister for Tea Tribe Welfare, Sanjay Kisan, MP Pallab Lochan Das, MLA Rupesh Gowala, president Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha Paban Singh Ghatowar and senior officials of the state government.

The hike in daily wage of tea garden workers was a major campaign issue in the just concluded Assam assembly elections with the opposition Congress promising to increase it to INR 365, if the party was voted to power. Tea tribes constitute 17 percent of Assam population and 35 percent of its electorate.

By PTI Updated: May 28, 2021 11:48:53 pm