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Minimum wage: Akhil announces agitation

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, March 27: Convener of the newly floated political outfit Ganmukti Sangram, Asom Akhil Gogoi today decried the diktat of the tea companies on the minimum wages for the workers and alleged that Asom Chah Majdoor Sangha was playing into the hands of the tea lobby. Gogoi said though the Chief Minister asked the labour department to implement the minimum wages of Rs 169, the tea companies ignored the direction and went ahead with an agreement with the ACMS, effecting a very nomil hike in the daily wage.
“In Kerala, the tea labourers are getting Rs 222 a day. But in Assam, the workers are still getting Rs 94. Why is this discrimition? We are even shocked at the silence of BJP leaders like Sarbanda Sonowal and Rameshwar Teli who won through the votes of the tea community,” Akhil Gogoi said at a press conference here.
He said his organization will hold a hunger strike on April 2 pressing for a hike in the minimum ages of the labourers.
Among the other demands on which the organization plans to organize agitatiol programmes are ST status to six communities of Assam and special category status to the State of Assam. The peasants’ activist said in special category states like galand and Meghalaya, an outsider cannot buy or sale land. “This law, where the land rights are with the people, should be also applicable in Assam,” he demanded. Akhil Gogoi also alleged that there was a move to sabotage the NRC update exercise.

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