FROM A CORRESPONDENT
GOLAGHAT (Dhekial), Nov 20: The activists of Chah Sramik Mukti Sangram Samiti (CSMSS) Golaghat district staged protest near the Deputy Commissioner office’s to demand solution of various problems faced by tea garden labourers and also to release Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) adviser Akhil Gogoi without any condition.
In the protest, more than 500 activists of the organization took part and raised various slogans against the State Government. Working president and joint secretary of the CSMSS, Ra Chawra and Mukesh Jhal, Biren Mura said that the tea garden labourers had been deprived for 200 years. After 70 years of Independence of the country, the people of the tea garden community were deprived of all rights. At present they had been deprived of their land rights. The leaders further said that in 2014 the Government of Assam issued an order to provide land pattas to the tea community people vide letter no CUA/RR.4/2014/4 dated 03/09/2014, by directing the Deputy Commissioners of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat and Golaghat. But it has not been implemented
Taking part in the protest, KMSS leader Ratan Daw said that during election time, political leaders make a lot promises, but after elections, the political leaders forget all the promises made to the people of tea tribe community. He criticized the rendra Modi-led BJP Government as well as the Sarbanda Sonowal-led State Government. He said that Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal and State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma always spoke about safeguarding the indigenous people and their land but they were uble to provide land pattas to indigenous people.
Later, the CSMSS submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Golaghat Deputy Commissioner to demand land pattas for landless tea garden labourers, increasing daily wage up to Rs 400, releasing former labourers’ PF and gratuity money, amendment of labour act and releasing Akhil Gogoi without terms and conditions.