Assam tea garden workers got a hike of Rs 38 in their daily wages on Friday. With this hike, the tea workers in Brahmaputra Valley would get Rs. 205 from the existing Rs. 167 and tea workers of Barak Valley would get Rs 183 from the existing Rs. 145.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 tea garden authorities said that the hike was done unilaterally by the state government without prior discussion.
On Friday, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with representatives of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and other tea bodies and discussed issues pertaining to wage fixation. The tea workers will get the increased wage with effect from 23 February of the present calendar year.
Sarma said, “Tea garden workers’ welfare remains a committed priority. Since the February 23 decision of the state government to raise wages of tea garden workers by Rs 50 was challenged in the high court, we considered it crucial to find a special solution, in the interim. Today, we have made headway on that.”
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.