FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Tinsukia, Dec 10: Tinsukia District Deputy Commissioner Puru Gupta, visited the 22 No. labour line of lani Tea estate on Wednesday to interact with the workers and take stock of their situation.
DC Gupta sat on the floor with workers and struck an informal chord. The workers voiced their problems about health and education. They said that the line did not have electricity, and the ambulance was not in a functioning condition. They stated that local sulai and gambling are vitiating the atmosphere inside the garden.
They further said that they face problems because every morning about 50% of the workers have to go to the nearby forest reserve or the garden area to defecate. The DC stated that toilet construction is being done by the government in a phased manner, and the administration is also taking steps to ensure that the provisions of the PLA are complied with in letter and spirit.
Gupta asked the young educated boys and girls to be the change makers in the garden, and educate everyone on various right and duties. He also advised them to adopt an entrepreneurial approach so that the household can have an extra income.
In this regard, he urged the local girls to form an SHG who can then avail support under NRLM for bagan bazaar, a flagship programme of state government in partnership with tea industry and banks. They also complained about the inferior quality PDS rice that is being supplied by the ration shop, against which Gupta assured them that action will be taken against them.