JORHAT, Sept 26 - The Jorhat district administration has directed the management of all tea estates in the district to keep a close watch on the temporary food kiosks that are set up in the adjoining areas of the gardens during Durga Puja festivities to prevent sale of poor quality foodstuff which may adversely affect the health of the workers.
In a directive to the management of all the 86 gardens across the district, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal has asked the authorities to instruct their labour welfare officers and other staff to visit the temporary kiosks and keep a watchful eye on the type of foodstuff being sold.
A senior district administration official added that the DC also stressed on maintaining hygienic condition in the kiosks.
The directive instructed the tea garden authorities to see whether kiosks selling raw fish and meat were in good condition or not (whether fit for human consumption).
The DC directed the garden managements to inform the local health and veterinary department officials and also the district administration if any doubts or suspicion arose regarding sale of sub-standard items that could be hazardous for health so that necessary action to immediately stop such sale could be taken.
Mittal said it is observed that during Durga Puja time, hawkers with a variety of food items like sweets and ice-cream visit the labour lines (residential quarters) for selling the products.
He stated that a close watch should also be kept by the garden staff under the guidance of the respective labour welfare officer of the tea estates on the items sold by the hawkers.
The directive asked the management of the estates to take assistance of the workers� union leaders and volunteers of different tea tribe students� organisations in carrying out inspection of the kiosks and hawkers.
The DC said the aim of initiating such a drive was to prevent outbreak of any kind of disease in an epidemic form. The DC also instructed the police to intensify raids against illicit liquor and gambling dens that come up near the tea gardens during the festival season.