North Bengal closes: Six tea gardens to reopen soon, says Becharam Manna

The State Minister of Labor in Madarihat, Alipurdur district, held a meeting with local department heads at various tourist lodges.

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Published 01.12.21, 01:25 AM

State Minister of Labor Becharam Mana said on Tuesday that six tea houses that have been closed for months will be reopened soon.

Mana, who lives in Madarihat in the province of Alipurdur – about 50 km away – held a meeting with officials from various departments at the local tourist resort. Recognizes activities such as Cha Sandy (Free Housing Plan for Tea Workers), connecting Tea workers’ Adhar cards to their Providence Fund accounts and identifying unused lands for tourism.

Fourteen of the 282 cafes in northern Bengal have been closed. We are making every effort to reopen them. Six tea houses will be opened soon, ”said Mana.

The gardens include Madihi and Bundapani, Alipurur, Jalpaguri Surindranagar and three hills, according to government officials.

To date, about 8,500 of these backyard workers receive Rs 1,500 Rs per month from the state through FAWLOI.

At the meeting, Mana emphasized the need for safe drinking water for some gardeners who still depend on natural resources.

“There are currently 37 gardens without access to safe drinking water. The regional PHE department has taken the initiative to prepare drinking water projects for each of these gardens and has prepared detailed project reports. Work on these projects will begin soon,” he said.

He also said that the land and land improvement departments of Bengal-Alipurdur, Jalpigururi, Darjeeling and North Dinajpur-Tea-growing districts have been asked to start identifying areas that are not used in potential teas.

The regional government has increased its land use in tea gardens from 5 percent to 15 percent in 2019.

Mana is in another venue on Wednesday to discuss the issue of low wages in the tea sector.

A.D. In 2015, the regional government set up an advisory committee to recommend the minimum wage to the state, but no decision has been made yet.

“Representatives of tea growers’ unions, unions, and labor union leaders will be present at the meeting. We expect some positive developments tomorrow, ”said a staff source.

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