Assam govt decides to increase daily wage of tea-garden workers by ₹38
Assam’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on Friday decided to increase the daily wage of tea garden workers in the state by ₹38.
The decision was taken at a meeting of representatives of various tea bodies, including Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha, with chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati.
As per the move, workers in the Brahmaputra Valley region of the state who were getting ₹167 daily as wages would now get ₹205. The daily wage of workers in Barak Valley would be hiked from ₹145 to ₹183.
In February this year, ahead of the assembly polls in the state, the previous BJP government had hiked daily wages of tea-garden workers by ₹50 taking it to ₹217 in Brahmaputra Valley and ₹195 in Barak Valley.
The move was stayed by the Gauhati High Court in March following a petition by the Indian Tea Association, the biggest organization of tea producers in India, and 17 others.
The new government committed that it would increase the wages by another ₹12, taking it to ₹217 in Brahmaputra Valley and ₹195 in Barak Valley, as done vide the earlier order, after consulting all stakeholders.
The promise of the hike in the daily wages of tea-garden workers was an important poll issue in Assam this time. While the BJP proposed an additional ₹101 for daily ration taking it to ₹318 in Brahmaputra Valley, the Congress had promised to hike the daily wages to ₹365 if they came to power.