Assam govt hikes daily wage of tea garden workers

Assam, May 29: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hold a meeting with representatives of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and other tea bodies and discussed issues pertaining to wage fixation.

In the meeting, it was decided to hike the daily wage of tea workers in Assam by ₹38. With this hike, the tea workers in Brahmaputra Valley would get ₹205 from the existing ₹167 and tea workers of Barak Valley would get ₹183 from the existing ₹145.

In a major development, the BJP-led government in Assam withdrew a notification issued last February ahead of the Assam polls by the Formal Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s government which increased the daily wages of tea garden labourers by ₹ 50.

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The government had announced the setting up a new committee for fixing minimum wages, the government decided to increase the daily wage of tea workers by ₹ 38.

The tea workers will get the increased wage with effect from 23 February of the current year. The government had earlier hiked the wage to ₹ 217 but the tea companies went to court and the court had issued a stay order.

Tea garden workers’ wage was the major poll issue in Assam, the main opposition party Congress had promised a hike of wage to ₹ 365 a day for the tea garden workers if voted to power.