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Tea workers protest in Dibrugarh over sale of garden land

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DIBRUGARH, JUL 10: Tea garden workers across upper Assam including Dibrugarh under the banner of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) staged an hour-long protest in various tea gardens on Wednesday over the sale of tea garden lands for commercial purposes.

Former Union DoNER Minister and ACMS president Paban Singh Ghatowar led the protest at the Bokpara Tea Estate in Dibrugarh and slogans along with the tea garden workers over the sale of tea garden lands.

Ghatowar said that sale of tea garden lands for non-agricultural activities and uprooting of tea plants will not be allowed to happen.

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He said that the tea workers were dependent on tea gardens for sustenance and livelihood and if there were no tea plants or tea gardens where will the tea plantation workers go.

He said he has taken up the issue with Central government, State government and the tea garden owners.

Ghatowar also called for the rebuilding of the dilapidated tea workers quarters, good housing facilities, drinking water for garden workers, and upgrading tea garden hospitals with more doctors, nurses, staff and adequate medicines.

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He also sought gratuity and provident funds for retired employees of tea gardens, timely promotion of tea garden staff.

Nabin Chandra Keot, ACMS, Dibrugarh secretary and central vice president, said, “We have staged protest with our 11-charter of demand. Our main demand among them is to increase the wage of garden workers. Most of the garden quarters were in a pitiable condition and the garden management has been doing nothing to repair it. We have urged the government to take necessary steps to solve our demand,” he said

A memorandum was submitted to the garden manager after the protest.

Similar protests were held in various tea gardens of Tinsukia and Sivasagar district.

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