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Call to make Hattigarh alcohol-free tea garden

 From a Correspondent

DIMAKUCHI, Nov 13: A mass public meeting was held on Sunday at Hattigarh tea estate. It was jointly organized by ACMS Hattigarh Primary Committee, AASAA Hattigarh Anchalik Committee and ATTSA Hattigarh Branch Committee. The organizations expressed sharp reaction against illegal sell of liquor in the garden premises. The organizations demanded closing down of the liquor shop at Hattigarh Market complex in the midst of the tea garden and to stop issuing permission for setting up of liquor shops.
“The BJP government made many false promises to the people of the tea gardens of Assam before and after coming to power, BJP and BPF governments have been planning to kill the people of the tea gardens by making liquor available in rural areas. Despite development of the people of rural areas, the government has taken the decision to issue permission for selling traditionally-made liquor openly which has harmed the poor families,” stated Ranjit Tanti, Principal and a social activist. 
The meeting also discussed the scam in ration, especially of the tea workers, by the retailer agents under Assam Chah Majdoor Samabai Samiti, Garuajhar. The president of the meeting, Sanjit Tanti along with AASAA and ATTSA leaders showed resentment and agony against the shifting of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank to Paneri which was actually for the Hattigarh and Majuli tea gardens and the remote villages. Tea garden workers and nearby account holders have to walk miles by taking leave from their work. The public demanded that the bank must be shifted at the earliest for the remote area.