DIBRUGARH, May 1 - On International Labour Day, a delegation of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) today handed over a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh towards the Asom Arogya Nidhi for corona relief. The tea labour delegation was led by ACMS president, Paban Singh Ghatowar. The delegation handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at his residence at Lakhimi Nagar here this morning. ACMS secretary Rupesh Gowala was also present.
Sonowal and the ACMS leaders, on the occasion, discussed the prevailing situation in general with reference to the tea industry. Ghatowar expressed concern at media reports of industrialist BR Shetty getting embroiled in some financial issues, and wanted the government to ensure that Shetty�s exploits do not effect the plight of the labour and staff of the Assam Company India Limited, which Shetty owns, through his outfit called BRS Ventures. Assam Company India Limited � the world�s oldest tea company � has 14 quality tea gardens in upper Assam, including Doomurdullung estate near Moran, which is the birth place of Ghatowar.
Sonowal said the government is keeping a tab on the developments. Sonowal sought the cooperation of the ACMS to ensure that Covid-19 related safeguards are fully adhered to in the tea gardens of the State, so that the disease do not affect any tea industry employee. For the record, the tea industry in Assam till now is safe from the coronavirus affliction.
During the cordial discussions at the residence of Sonowal today, the MLAs of Dibrugarh and Moran, Prasanta Kumar Phukan and Chakradhar Gogoi, respectively, were present. The ACMS vice president, Nabin Keot was also present.