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Demand for withdrawal of working-hours extension

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, May 27 - The All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) today submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the district administration here and reiterated their demands as part of the student body�s State-wide call to draw the attention of the Chief Minister in writing.

At the foremost, the AASAA leaders mentioned that it will be impossible for the tea garden workers to toil for 12 hours, as decided by the State Cabinet recently. The tea garden workers in the State are the least paid and highly exploited politically, economically, socially and in other aspects as well both by the engaging companies and government. This decision must be withdrawn immediately, they demanded.

The student body also reiterated its demand for hike in the wages of the tea garden workers to Rs 350, scheduled tribe status to the Adivasis, issue of land pattas to the tea garden workers and a notification for the construction of PMAY houses in all tea gardens, construction of group hospitals in each district as per the Plantation Labour Act, establishment of High Schools in the plantation areas.

AASAA also reminded Sonowal that several tea gardens have not paid wages and distributed rations to its workers of the first phase of the lockdown period. They urged upon the Chief Minister to ensure that the deserving workers receive their dues as per the order of the government.

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