From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Oct 26: Hundreds of All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) activists, demanding enhancement of daily wages of tea labourers, gheraoed the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) office here at Jivan Phukan gar on Thursday. The AASAA members, while castigating the hierarchy of ACMS, urged them to refrain from patronizing tea magement instead of tea labourers and to take determined stand on the issues relating to the welfare of the deprived tea workers. The irate members of AASAA also submitted a memorandum signed by its president Stephen Lakra and secretary Deven Orang to ACMS and the Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh demanding to enhance daily wage of tea labourers to Rs 350 and urged upon members of the advisory committee constituted by the State Government for fixing the daily wage of tea labourers, to fulfill their demand with all earnest.
Failing to implement the same, the AASAA cautioned the latter that they would not hesitate to intensify democratic agitation across the State in support of their demands. Expressing serious concern, the central committee of AASAA stated that the lowest daily wage of Rs 250 to each tea labourer, as fixed by the State Government earlier, is yet to materialize in any of the tea estates in the State. AASAA once again reiterated its demand for enhancement of daily wage and made an appeal to all the office bearers of ACMS not to act as spokespersons of tea planters of the State.