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Former MLA faces tea workers� wrath over bonus row

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, March 10 - Former Chabua MLA and trade union leader Raju Sahu was forced to resign from the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) after irate workers of Kharjan Tea Estate near Chabua on Monday confined him for several hours in protest against his failure to negotiate with the management to disburse the promised remaining seven per cent bonus to the workers before the festival of Holi.

Sahu is the vice president of ACMS and also the secretary of the Panitola unit of the ACMS. Kharjan Tea Estate owned by Apeejay Tea Limited, like other tea estates of the company, had disbursed thirteen per cent bonus before the last Durga Puja and the remaining amount was supposed to be paid before this Holi festival.

However, on not receiving the second instalment of the promised bonus, the workers invited their union leader and misbehaved with him. The workers also demanded his resignation.

Sources said after the intervention of the government and the district administration, Apeejay Tea Limited has agreed to clear the bonus and other dues before March 31.

On the resignation of Sahu, ACMS general secretary Rupesh Goala said resignations under duress cannot be accepted. He is elected by the general council and procedures are laid down for tendering resignation, he said.

Nurses pay tribute to Florence Nightingale: Taking pride at the fact that the year 2020 has been designated as the �Year of Nurse & Midwife� in observance of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the nursing fraternity here took out a candlelight march from Dr John Berry White Auditorium, Assam Medical College (AMC) to Paltan Bazar and back.

The nurses taking part in the procession were from AMC, BSc Nursing College, GNM School of Nursing, St Gerosa School of Nursing and the Railway Hospital. The symbolic candlelight march taken out on the eve of Women�s Day was initiated by Assam Medical College nursing superintendent Dr Momi Neog.

Dr Neog thanked everyone for supporting the march and their presence. She also stressed the importance of taking out the candlelight march to offer their tribute to the �Lady with the Lamp� Florence Nightingale on the eve of International Women�s Day.

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