GUWAHATI: The deadline set by All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) for the Government, the tea companies and ACMS to declare Rs. 350/- as daily wage for tea plantation workers has ended today. But regrettably neither the Government nor the tea companies nor the ACMS has come out with any statement on the issue. This has been stated in a release issued by AASAA president Stephen Lakra and general secretary Deben Urang.
As per the release, AASAA has been closely following the development over the past weeks but it has not seen any initiative from the parties concerned. Therefore, the organization has decided to renew its democratic agitation including the economic blockade of finished tea products from October 26. AASAA warns that the organization will not be responsible for any damage caused to the Government or the tea industry due to its agitation.
AASAA condemns the delay tactics played by the Government, the tea industry and ACMS by enhancing the tea wage by a mere Rs 30 through an interim hike. AASAA will not remain silent to the ploy of the concerned parties to deny the tea workers their due rights, particularly wages. It will now launch a vigorous agitation across Assam until the concerned parties accede to its demand, the release stated. The Government on its own also has come out with Rs 351.33 as daily wage for tea workers. So, instead of delaying, the Government should implement its decision, the release added.