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Dibrugarh, Apr 2: The focus of the government is to uplift the weaker section of the society but there are a lot of people deprived of the benefits of the government schemes. A tea garden worker Renu Bhuyan aged 51, working at Shanti tea estate, situated at Duliajan in Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency said that she has not received any benefits from any of the welfare schemes from the government.

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Renu expressed her dissatisfaction for not getting any welfare scheme from the government. She is the resident of Kola line and works as a daily wage earner for plucking tea leaves. While talking to media persons, Renu said, “when everyone got benefits from the government schemes, I was left out from the benefits. It is very difficult for me to run the family with a meagre income. I have applied for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) but I did not get any benefits till today. I also didn’t receive the Orunodoi scheme but many among us got the benefits”.

Another tea worker Malti Tanti aged 45 also said that she was deprived from the benefits of the government scheme she stated that, “earlier, I worked as a daily wage earner at Shanti tea estate but due to my poor health I left the job. My husband worked as a permanent employee at the tea garden. We haven’t had any benefits from the PMAY and Orunodoi scheme. We have given all the documents but don’t know why I didn’t receive them. But I am hopeful that under the new government I will receive the due benefits from the schemes.”

Bharati Shautal aged 35 also stated the same woes that she didn’t receive any benefits from the government scheme. “I have submitted all my documents which are necessary to apply for the scheme but still I left out. I don’t know the reason. We are poor people who have no knowledge of documentation,” she further added.

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When asked about why people are deprived from the government schemes a BJP leader said that “some of them left out from the benefits of the welfare schemes due to Aadhar mismatch and wrong documentations and has assured of the necessary support. Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) criticised the BJP government for failing to fulfil the promises.

Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency is of the prestigious Lok Sabha constituency, and it will witness a triangular contest between BJP powerful leader Sarbananda Sonowal, AAP candidate Manoj Dhanowar and INDIA bloc candidate Lurinjyoti Gogoi. It is interesting to see how the voters vote as the Dibrugarh Lok Sabha seat has been dominated by the tea tribe community and they play a major role in deciding the fate of candidates in every election. BJP has been doing everything possible to ‘woo voters’ especially the tea garden people by providing them all possible schemes but some of them left out from the schemes. A total of 16,50, 706 voters are there in Dibrugarh Lok Sabha and they will cast their valuable vote to decide the fate of the candidate.

Read: Two pressure group members arrested in connection with deaths of two non-tribals in Ichamati

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