Welfare of Tea Tribes Minister Takes Charge, Assures Hike in Daily Wage as Promised
Welfare of Tea Tribes, Labour & Employment Minister Sanjay Kishan took charge of his office at Janata Bhawan on May 17.
GUWAHATI: Welfare of Tea Tribes, Labour & Employment Minister Sanjay Kishan took charge of his office at Janata Bhawan on May 17.
Further speaking on the occasion, the minister said that he is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the tea gardens of the state and the government have come up with a new guidelines related to the tea gardens.
Meanwhile Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma have already visited the tea gardens of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh and took stock of the COVID-19 situation.
Minister Sanjay Kishan said that in the tea gardens it will not be possible for setting up home quarantine facility as the chances of the virus spreading is more among the workers; hence isolation wards have been set up in and around the tea gardens.
The minister also stated that the all the preventive measures taken in the 2020 like - mask, sanitization and social distancing will be followed this year also, however, the situation is much grimmer and dangerous compared to last year.
Urging the health department, the minister stated, "We have asked the health department to assist the tea tribe community in all possible ways."
Speaking on the daily wage hike of the garden workers, the minister said, "Whatever promise made by the previous government related to daily wages will be fulfilled and the government is working towards it."
Notably, the decision of the hike in daily wages by the previous government was welcomed by the owners of the tea gardens and even the Gauhati High Court passed its consent with the garden workers.
"I hope the garden owners will abide by the decision and consent given with regards to the hike in daily wage," the minister added.
Earlier in this year, the then chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal cabinet increased the daily wage of tea plantation workers by Rs. 50, i.e. from Rs. 167 to Rs. 217.
On the other hand, going forward all the labor commissioner offices in each districts of the state will co-ordinate regularly and will try to resolve the issues related to the labour rights.