By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 6: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has now taken up the issue of hike in wages of tea estate labourers. After a four-day-long fast in front of the office the Labour Commissioner in the city, the Samiti today took out a procession from Dighalapukhuripar to Meghdoot Bhavan in support of their demand for Rs 169 a day as the minimum wage of tea estate labourers, excluding house rent, power tariff, water supply, education of children and health services.
The KMSS has raised this demand in accordance with the Minimum Wage Act, 1948.
The Chah Shramik Mukti Sangram Samiti (CSMSS) and Ga Mukti Sangram Samiti (GMSS) also took part in the procession taken out by the KMSS today.
The KMSS demanded of the Labour Commissioner to receive their memorandum, but an additiol labour commissioner and a joint labour commissioner came to receive the memorandum. The KMSS, however, refused to hand over the memorandum to them. The additiol labour commissioner and the joint labour commissioner then requested the KMSS leaders to send a team of five leaders to Labour Commissioner's office. The KMSS rejected the offer outright.
The tea labourers in the Brahmaputra Valley get Rs 94 a day while their counterparts in the Barak Valley get Rs 75 a day. Tea labourers of the Assam Government-owned labourers get Rs 90 a day.
The KMSS leaders alleged that the tea labourers of the state were deprived of their due wages by the State Government and the Assam Chah Majdoor Sangha (ACMS) that have an unholy nexus with tea garden owners.