Delegation of US Labour Department visits SEWA office in Dibrugarh
A delegation from the US Government Labour Department visited the office of the Socio Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) on Wednesday.
DIBRUGARH: A delegation from the US Government Labour Department visited the office of the Socio Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) on Wednesday.
The delegation was led by Nadia Al-Dayel, Division Chief, Research & Policy Unit, US Department of Labor, Washington DC, Sadikshya Nepal, International Relations Specialist, US Department of Labor and A. Sukesh, Senior Political Advisor, US Embassy, New Delhi.
The objective of this visit to the SEWA office was to get a better idea of the tea industry and the working conditions of the labourers as SEWA has been working intensively with the tea garden populace. SEWA, in its turn, appreciated the interest shown by the Labor Department, US Government, regarding the well-being of workers' conditions.
SEWA also thanked the US citizens who through crowd funding have contributed to SEWA's social cause during COVID times. SEWA stated that tea is a global product, and all players in the tea supply chain must collaborate to improve working conditions for tea plantation workers. SEWA provided information on the various initiatives undertaken by the organization in tea plantations. A small presentation on SEWA's work in tea plantations was also given to the delegates.
The issues faced by the tea industry, both large plantations and small tea growers, were also discussed. SEWA has been working in tea plantations of Assam on education, youth skill development, livelihood, community empowerment, child protection, gender-based violence, mental health, sanitation, HIV and TB prevention, etc.