Forward of the Meeting elections in Assam, the BJP-led state authorities on Saturday raised the every day wages of dozens of tea backyard employees from 167 to 217 rupees a day, authorities stated.
Officers stated the cupboard assembly chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal determined to extend the every day wages of tea backyard employees from Rs 167 to Rs 217 a day.
The assembly additionally determined that to suggest equal pay for small tea employees, a one-man committee could be shaped underneath Chief Secretary JB Ekka.
Rising every day wages for tea employees is an electoral problem in Assam with opposition events, together with Congress, criticizing the BJP-led authorities for intentionally delaying the wage evaluate for the previous few years.
The primary opposition Congress claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to lift the every day wages of tea employees in Assam to 350 rupees earlier than the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Whereas tea backyard employees in southern Assam obtain every day wages of 145 rupees a day, employees within the remaining areas of the state obtain 167 rupees a day.
On February 6, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had distributed 3,000 rupees every to 7,46,667 tea backyard employees in Assam underneath the “Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela” scheme. Within the third tranche of the scheme, a complete quantity of Rs 224 million was disbursed and Rs 3,000 had been transferred on to 7,46,667 financial institution accounts of tea backyard employees throughout the state.
The scheme was initiated by the Assam authorities in 2017-18 and that yr 2,500 rupees had been offered every to six,33,411 tea backyard employees, whereas the same quantity was deposited in 7,15,979 financial institution accounts the next yr.
Assam has greater than 10 lakh of tea backyard employees within the organized sector engaged on 850 tea plantations. The state produces about 55 % of India’s whole tea manufacturing of 1,389.70 million kg. The tea tribe communities decide the votes in 30-35 of the 126 Meeting seats within the state.
Saturday’s cupboard assembly additionally determined to allocate 10 bighas of land to the World Renewal Religious Belief in Kamrup, along with approving the acquisition of 8,000 wheelchairs for the subsequent Meeting elections, prone to be held in April-Could this yr. .