DIBRUGARH, April 18 - Appreciating the COVID-19 prevention measures of both Central and State governments, the Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) today said that the schemes of relief meant for the economically backward families, have, however not covered the entire population living below the poverty line.
The relief for the poor of additional 5 kg rice, 1 kg dal and Rs 1000 for families without ration cards as announced by the government has not been implemented comprehensively and in its true sense. Several deserving needy families have been left out, the Congress party has alleged.
The party has recommended that all economically backward families sans ration cards be brought under the ambit of this Rs 1000 relief measures and that no one should indulge in politics in this regard.
Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) has alleged that the tea garden workers were promised full wages during the lockdown period but workers in several tea estates have not received their full wages and salaries. The party further pointed out that the tea garden workers are being made to work amid the pandemic without masks despite assuring taking protective steps.
Further the party suggested that instead of distributing expensive mobile phones or doling out Rs 5000 among the chowkidars and sardars of tea gardens, the government must contemplate paying Rs 5000 to each families (regular and contractual) residing in the plantations as relief, especially in this time of crisis.