GUWAHATI, Nov 11 � The Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) has decided to send a delegation to New Delhi to take up the issue of according Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the tea communities of the State, on November 25.
According to a press release issued jointly by its president Prahlad Gowala and secretary (in-charge) Dhiraj Gowala, the ATTSA delegation will meet the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and raise the issue.
The delegation will also meet the Union Labour Minister to highlight the issue of hike in the wages of the tea garden workers.
The students� body expressed serious resentment over the role of the State Government on the problems facing the tea communities. It has also described the role of the present government at the Centre on the issues as disappointing.
The ATTSA decided in the urgent meeting of its executive committee meeting held on November 10 in the city, that it would launch a cycle procession programme from November 15 to mobilize public opinion on the issues of ST status and hike in the wages.
Besides, the press release said the meeting also decided to launch an intense agitation from January on the issue of land settlement rights of the people of the tea community.
The ATTSA has also announced a �red alert� in the tea community-dominated areas to check entry of any fundamental forces in these areas, said the press release.