TINSUKIA, July 7: The tea workers are up in arms against the government’s decision to enhance their daily wages by an interim amount of Rs 30 per day at a time when they have been demanding enhancement of daily wages from Rs 137 to Rs 350. The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) has vehemently criticized the State Labour Minister for his ‘unhealthy’ decision against the well-being of tea community.
Terming the Labour Minister’s step as deceiving, Raju Sahu, former Chabua MLA and ACMS leader, said the BJP-led government had been working at the behest of tea planters. The minister allegedly gave no importance to the affairs of the Minimum Wage Advisory Board which was supposed to decide the minimum wage policy even as nearly seven months have elapsed. Raju even questioned non-payment of two months’ interim relief for the months of January and February. Sahu called upon the government to give due importance to the MWAB agreement else ACMS would resort to labour agitation.