Just ahead of Assam assembly polls, BJP led government in the state has increased the daily wages of tea workers from Rs 167 to Rs 217.
The cabinet meeting decided, “For an equal wage of small tea workers’ one-man committee under Principal Secretary Dr J.B. Ekka will be formed.
The wage revision of tea garden workers has become a political issue in the state with the opposition Congress accusing the BJP-led government of failing to increase the daily income of the plantation workers. The opposition accused BJP of falsely promising to revise the daily wages of tea workers in Assam to Rs 350 prior to 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had promised to increase their daily wage to Rs 365 if voted to power.
Assam has over 10 lakh tea workers in the organized sector working in 850 tea estates. Assam roughly produces 55 per cent of India’s tea. Tea tribe community are determining votes in 30 to 35 assembly seats. The cabinet has also decided to allot land to World Renewal Spiritual Trust, Kamrup. Around 10 bighas of land will be given in North Guwahati Revenue Circle.