Hailakandi, Dec 13: Hailakandi district attained cent per cent success in opening bank accounts of tea garden workers on Monday.
All the 17 tea estates have completed the process of opening bank accounts of individual tea garden workers, stated a press release. District Labour Officer Alimuddin Barbhuiya informed that of the 16,327 permanent and temporary workers, 15,668 had already opened bank accounts and the rest 659 workers who did not turn were mostly seasol ones. “All the 17 tea garden magements have already declared that the process of opening accounts of workers has been completed. Around 659 workers who did not turn up are mostly seasol workers. If these workers turn up at any time, the magements will facilitate the opening up of bank accounts,” said Barbhuiya, adding that hardly any worker turned up at the Customer Service Providers (CSPs) situated in and around the tea estates in the past couple of days.
After Burnie Braes, payment of wages through workers’ bank accounts has begun in three divisions of Aekhal Tea Estate much before the deadline of December 15, informed Barbhuiya. The District Labour Officer said though the account opening in all the tea estates had been completed, the real challenge lies in making payments through CSPs on account of few CSPs and poor network connectivity in 12 out of 17 gardens.
Added to this is the ibility on the part of desigted banks to generate account numbers resulting in delay of payments through accounts, said Barbhuiya. He further said that at the directive of Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora, he had been closely monitoring the process to ensure that not a single garden worker was left out of the exercise.