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Hatikhira TE reopens after nine months

By Staff Correspondent

SILCHAR, July 18 - In a major development, the Hatikhira Tea Garden in Karimganj district reopened on July 16 after nine months since its closure in September 2019.

Karimganj Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan MP said on Saturday that the garden was reopened and a new management based in Jorhat would look after the production and labour facilities henceforth. �We held a meeting with the new management headed by BK Modi and the garden panchayat and all of us came to an agreement to reopen the garden,� the Deputy Commissioner said.

The Deputy Commissioner accompanied Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Paul for the meeting with labourers at the garden.

Sharing his joy over the development, Paul said, �To see 1,500 labourers getting back to their regular chores after a long gap of nine months is a great satisfaction, especially amid the crisis time that we all are going through currently. The NCLT has entrusted responsibilities of the garden to the Jorhat-based management and the labourers will get minimum wage to start with for six months. Former MLA Manilal Goala also agreed that the resumption of production at the garden was a much-needed necessity. The government is concerned about the garden labourers amid the ongoing pandemic. The COVID-19 safety measures of the labourers have been ensured by the new management and I have made some contributions towards the objective as well.�

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