Source: News Bharati English23 Feb 2016 16:35:04
Guwahati, February 23: Taking into consideration the socio-economic condition of the tea workwrs in the north eastern state of Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chalk out a multi-sectoral special package for workers of the tea community. In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, Gogoi said that the tea garden community constitutes around 17 per cent of the State’s population and are concentrated in 793 registered tea gardens scattered across the Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys, news agency The Assam Tribune reported.
The Plantation Labour Act, 1951 seeks to provide for the welfare of the plantation labourers and to regulate the condition of the workers in the plantations through welfare provisions like potable drinking water, conservancy, medical, educational and recreational facilities, housing accommodation etc. to be provided for the workers by the management.
While the State Government has taken steps for implementation of the welfare provisions of the Plantation Labour Act, it is seen that the tea garden management has not been able to satisfactorily implement the welfare provisions stipulated under this Act as a result of which the socio-economic conditions of the tea garden community are comparatively lower.
Gogoi requested the Prime Minister to issue necessary directions for providing financial assistance amounting to Rs 5568.80 crore for overall socio-economic development of the tea garden workers and for amendment of the Plantation Labour Act 1951, apart from shifting of the headquarter of the Tea Board of India to Guwahati, provision of 12,590 MT of additional foodgrain per month to the tea garden workers at subsidised rate, inclusion of tea and tea industry in the State List and posting of regular chairman and other important officials of the Tea Board.