UDALGURI: The last wage agreement signed between Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) and the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA), Assam Valley branch, expired on December 31 last year and till date the new wage agreement has not been signed. The government has formed a committee but it has not taken any decision. The tea garden labourers should have got a hike of wages to Rs.350 from January 1. But contrary to that the government has notified that the wages were hiked to Rs.167 from existing Rs.130 that to applicable from March 1. Where will the amount of Rs.30 increment for previous two months vanish?Will the sum of money amounting nearly 450 crores go for electoral expenses of the saffron party in the forthcoming Parliamentary election.This were the questions and apprehensions expressed by Rajya Sabha, Member of Parliament and Organizing Secretary of ACMS cum Secretary of Mangaldai Branch ACMS, Santiuse Kujur at a press conference here in the office of Mangaldai Branch ACMS in Tangla of Udalguri district on Thursday. Addressing the media persons Kujur lamented that the State, Labour minister should have voiced towards the apathy of tea garden labourers but contrary he is acting as an agent of the tea garden management. "The saffron party had promised of hiking the daily wages to Rs.350 if voted to power,but the government has betrayed the Adivasi community by failing to keep up to their words.The BJP had given a lollipop of fake promises to the Adivasi community "alleged Kujur. The parliamentarian raising the tempo of 2019 Parliamentary election said that the Adivasi community will give the government a befitting reply in polls. "The state government should sign a fresh wage agreement within August next and make the tea garden labourers get their due wages. We demand the government to address the issue immediately" Kujur added. Of the 792 registered tea gardens in the state , 685 are in the Brahmaputra Valley and the rest 107 are in Barak Valley.The ACMS the registered body under the Indian Trade Union Act has control over 685 gardens throughout Brahmaputra Valley.
4 Dec 2007 - 12:44pm | pbaruah
Suspected Adivasi militants strike with a powerful explosion on a railway tract in Bokajan in Karbi Anglong district damaging the Kamrup Express on Tuesday.
According to information, it was an improvised explosive device which missed the Kamrup Express target and exploded at Gharialdubi near Bokajan.
The explosion took place when the Dibrugarh bound Kamrup Express was at a stone’s throw distance. The blast has left the train driver injured besides partially damaging the engine room with window panes with two computers in the driver’s room.
The driver is said to be out of danger. Immediately after the incident, top ranked police, civil and railway offiials rushed to the spot and the train was held up for more than two hours as the tracks were also damaged. Later on these have been repaired and train services have been restored.
Notably, the Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA) militants has recently threatened to strike following the mob violence in Beltola area in the city.
The extremists outfit further warned the all adivasi MPs and MLAs in Assam of dire consequences if they fail to step down in the aftermath of the November 24 violence.
The ANLA also threatened more attacks on the tea gardens on tea gardens and asked the tea garden people to boycott the upcoming panchayat elections.
4 Mar 2009 - 11:30pm | Jayanta Kumar Das
People welcomed personal initiative of D.N.Hazarika, ACS, Circle Officer, Kalaigaon for launching a public library at the Kalaigaon Circle Office premise purely at his personal initiative. Showing interest for the welfare of the people and for the spread of knowledge to form good habits of book reading among people particularly among younger generation, the library was formally inaugurated on March 4 at 11 am.The library, named as the “SDC Puthibharal” (first of its kind in Darrang and Udalguri districts. At a small inaugural ceremony ,arranged on the occasion,Circle Officer said that it was a beginning to revive near forgotten reading habit among people. According to him it was real need of time to motivate younger generation to read good books.The library was formally inaugurated by nonagenarian freedom fighter and social worker Pani Ram Das.In his inaugural speech,he said that book reading alone could change out look of people so as to enable them to have a vision for a certain good mission for doing justice to all.He requested people present to read books on the life of great people like Vibekananda or Einstein, which according to him would not only enlighten the reader but would guide all towards perfection in life. Social worker Kami Ram Saharia, educationist Sukleswar Deka also spoke a few words on the occasion and requested all to take good care of the library and to donate books.