‘Rescue TE workers from post-demonetization woes’

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 19: The Assam Pradesh Tea and Ex-tea Majdoor Congress Department staged a dhar at Dighalipukhuripar in Guwahati today in protest against the problems being faced by tea estate workers in the State because of the unplanned demonetization in tea garden areas.

In a statement issued to the press today, department president Atuwa Munda said: “The wages of tea estate workers should be paid on 500-rupee notes instead of 2000-rupee notes. It’s a welcome gesture that accounts of tea garden workers being opened. We, however, urge the government not to cut wages of workers while going for opening bank accounts. The government can also make all facilities available for the opening of bank accounts at their work places. If the BJP-led government at the Centre really wants the development of tea tribes, it should accord ST status to the Tea Tribes and set up a PHC in each of the 850 TEs in the State.”

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora also spoke in the same vein. “Even people staying in Guwahati can’t operate ATMs. In such a situation, home come the government thinks that the illiterate lots in the TEs will able operate ATMs? The illiterate lots should have to be taught how to operate ATMs,” he said.

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