Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma led the Assam government, on Friday has decided to hike the daily wage of tea garden workers by Rs 38 which will be effective from February 23, 2021.
The decision was taken so that garden workers “do not suffer” because of the court case challenging the earlier hike.
The hike will push the daily wage of a worker to Rs 205 from Rs 167 in Brahmaputra Valley and to Rs 183 from the existing Rs 145 in Barak Valley, a state government statement said.
“With this hike, the tea workers in Brahmaputra valley would get Rs 205 from the existing Rs 167 and tea workers of Barak valley would get Rs 183 from the existing Rs 145,” said the CM of Assam.
Tea garden workers' welfare remains a committed priority.
Since the February 23 decision of GoA to raise wages of tea garden workers by Rs 50 was challenged in HC, we considered it crucial to find a special solution, in the interim. Today, we have made a headway on that. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/0x4Zc0lNos
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 28, 2021
The previous BJP-led alliance government of former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in its last cabinet meeting in February this year had hiked the daily wage to Rs 217, but the garden owners approached the Gauhati High Court and the decision could not be implemented..
In the last election, hike of daily wage of Tea Garden workers was a major promise by the BJP. Whereas, Congress has promised to hike of wage to Rs 365 per day if voted to power.