The Assam government has decided to increase the daily wage of tea workers in the state by Rs 38. Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with representatives of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and other tea bodies on May 28 and discussed issues pertaining to wage fixation.
The meeting decided to hike the daily wage of the workers by Rs 38. With this hike, the workers in Brahmaputra Valley will get Rs 205 from the existing Rs 167 per day while workers in Barak Valley will get Rs 183 from the existing Rs 145.
The meeting, held at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati, decided that in view of the long-pending demands of the different tea bodies, the wage of the workers will be hiked to Rs 205 and Rs 183 with retrospective effect.
The workers will get the increased wage with effect from February 23.
The earlier government in Assam, led by then chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had increased the daily wage to Rs 217. However, the decision could not be implemented following a court order. “Therefore, the government after threadbare discussion with the tea bodies following the demands of the tea workers decided to hike the daily wage to Rs 205 and Rs 183. True to the government’s commitment and for the welfare of the tea garden workers the government would raise the remaining Rs 12 after initiating consultation with stake holders and exuded confidence that an acceptable solution will be found out very soon,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
The meeting was also attended by minister industries and commerce Chandra Mohan Patowary, minister for tea tribe welfare Sanjay Kisan, among others.