Assam Company India Limited refutes allegation, suspects foul play
From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, May 27: The Assam Company India Limited, one of the premier tea groups of the State, has stoutly refuted the allegation as labeled against the company relating health condition, education, housing and others, which according to officials of the company, is not only unfortute and unfounded but “raise suspicion of foul play by some vested interest to malign the image and reputation of the company”.
Clarifying the allegation as reported in a section of the media, the mager of the Green Wood Tea Estate, Rupam Goswami, stated that all gardens of the company had full-fledged hospitals which were fully equipped with adequate number of beds, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, health assistants, ambulances, besides medical specialists to fully look after the patients. Furthermore, Goswami said, “All tea states have HMC and regular health meetings and awareness camps are held in different tea estates of the company in order to create health awareness amongst the workers community of the respective tea estates.”
“The company magement has extended all out education facilities in each garden of the company at par with the prevailing industrial standards and allowed children of non-workers to enroll in the LP Schools of the tea estates,” Goswami clarified.
He also refuted the allegation of poor housing condition of the workers saying that the allegation was completely fabricated and not based on fact. This has also been confirmed by the operating Trade Union, Goswami stated.
As regards non-payment of Provident Fund and gratuity, Goswami said, “The magements has put all out extensive efforts to clear the existing outstanding.”
Answering a query of The Sentinel, he said, “PF contributions have been deposited up to February, 2016 and rest will be deposited soon.”