BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, April 20: The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) and the Consultative Committee of Planters’ Association (CCPA), which talk big about welfare of tea labourers’ in different forums, skipped a crucial meeting called by the State government on the labourers’ wage issue on Monday. However, the State government went ahead with the meeting with other representative groups. But there was no concrete outcome to the meeting due to the absence of ACMS and CCPA representatives, according to sources. “These two groups earlier confirmed their participation in the meeting, but later urged the government through a letter to postpone it. But the meeting was held as per schedule, despite their absence,” sources said.
Sources further said the Labour Department is in no mood to delay the fixing of tea labourers’ wages.
Meanwhile, slamming both ACMS and CCPA, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), in a press statement issued here on Monday, alleged that both these bodies had intentiolly skipped Monday’s meeting with the government. “Both ACMS and CCPA do not want wages of tea labourers’ to be more than Rs 115,” the KMSS statement added.