JORHAT, Nov 23 - State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reiterated his Government�s commitment to uplift the social and economic conditions of the tea worker community and stated that the Centre and the State governments had undertaken a series of schemes in this regard.
Sonowal was speaking as the chief guest at the Third Shramik Kalyan Divas celebration programme held at Kathalguri Tea Estate playground at Mariani under Titabar Civil subdivision of Jorhat district.
The Shramik Kalyan Divas is observed in recognition of the remarkable services of notable tea community leader and social worker Santosh Kumar Topno on his birth anniversary since 2017.
The programme was organised by the State Labour Welfare Department and Assam Labour Welfare Committee.
Sonowal said that Assam is known globally because of Assam Tea, but the people who actually produce tea had remained neglected for the last seven decades since India got independence. He said that State and the Central Governments have joined hands with a committed zeal to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the tea workers in the State.
He also highlighted the great contributions of tea community leader Santosh Kumar Topno and called upon the people to follow his footsteps to develop a more cohesive, harmonious and vibrant Assam.
Informing about various schemes being implemented by both Central and Assam Governments for the development of the tea tribe community, Sonowal said that 10,000 tea tribe youths will be provided one-time grant of Rs 25000 for encouraging entrepreneurship and one-time grant of Rs 10,000 would also be provided to the meritorious students of the community who have passed HSLC and HS examinations with success.
The Chief Minister also called on the tea tribes� community youths to strive for excelling in academics, cultural field and sports so that they could contribute in establishing Assam firmly at world stage.
In today�s programme, the Chief Minister also felicitated writer Jaleswari Tasa, artiste Dulal Manki, footballer Pranjal Bhumij among others for achieving success in their respective fields and setting examples within the tea community. The Chief Minister also presented awards to managements of different tea gardens for best implementation of various Government schemes. Sonowal also released a souvenir published on the occasion of Shramik Kalyan Divas.
The Chief Minister also awarded Jorhat district for best performance in implementing wage compensation scheme for tea garden pregnant women and inaugurated a cultural stage in memory of Mangri Orang at Mariani.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Rameswar Teli, Jorhat MP Topon Kumar Gogoi, Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa also spoke at the programme which was attended by legislators Sanjay Kishan, Terosh Gowala, Jogen Mohan, Rituparna Baruah and Dr Numal Momin.