Assam tea garden workers not getting minimum wages

Assam tea garden workers not getting minimum wages

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New Delhi, Nov 27 :  Tea garden labourers are not getting minimum wages prescribed by state government in Assam, the Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

The issue was raised by Ripun Bora of the Congress who demanded a package from the Centre.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Mr Bora said Assam has more than 1,000 tea plantations in which more than 40 lakh workers work.

"The labourers are still getting a daily wage of 167 rupees. The state Government had announced a minimum daily wage of Rs 351 about three years ago, but till now tea planters have not been not following it and the management of those tea Gardens have also expressed their inability to pay this wage due to economic recession," he said.

In such a situation, the state government should help the tea gardens financially and if it fails, the central government should give the package, he added. (UNI)