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Tea workers demand daily wage hike in Tripura

Tea garden workers from various tea estates across Tripura organized a rally in capital of Agartala raising demands for a hike in daily wages besides demanding better ration supply and

Tea garden workers from various tea estates across Tripura organized a rally in capital of Agartala raising demands for a hike in daily wages besides demanding better ration supply and housing facilities.

The tea workers under the banner of the Tripura Tea Workers Union affiliated with the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (ITU) took part in the rally with banners, placards, and flags while raising slogans in support of their demands as they marched through the streets of Agartala.

The rally started from the CITU office the in-office lane area of the capital city and after covering the main streets concluded at the starting point as they took part in their annual state conference which followed at the CITU Hall.

Speaking exclusively to Northeast Live, the Former MP and Senior Leader of CITU Sankar Prashad Datta who was also present at the rally said that the Left Front government in the state had raised the daily wage to Rs 176 in 2017.

Datta further alleged that the BJP-IPFT government has not implemented it for which large numbers of tea workers are being deprived.

It may be mentioned here that in March this year, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar had announced that the wages of tea garden workers will be increased from Rs 105 to Rs 136, as part of the ‘Mukhya-Mantri Cha Shramik Kalyan Prakalp’.

The revised wage plan, which will come into effect from April 2022, will directly benefit over 7,000 families dependent on 54 tea estates across Tripura.

First Published: 24th April, 2022 16:39 IST

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