JORHAT, Sept 22 - The Labour department on Thursday gave a clean chit to the management of Heeleakah Tea Estate at Kharikatia under Mariani police station over allegations levelled against the management of paying less amount of bonus to the workers.
On September 15 evening, violence broke at the garden during the process of bonus payment after a mob comprising garden workers turned violent after a word spread that the management had paid them less bonus instead of the maximum rate of 20 per cent as announced by the company earlier.
A senior Labour department official here said on Thursday that the inquiry conducted by the Labour department (Jorhat) inspector Rana Engti, in his report, stated that the management of the garden owned by The Sottish Assam (India) Limited based in Kolkata, had paid the correct amount of money to the workers as due to them as per 20 per cent bonus declared by the company.
The report stated that �after verification of registers and other records of the garden, the calculation of bonus was found to be correct and without any discrepancy� of the garden.
The estate management had declared lockout on Saturday indefinitely, which was withdrawn on Tuesday after talks were held under the mediation of the Labour department on Monday evening between management and the workers� union in presence of officials of Titabar sub-divisional administration and the Police department.
The management earlier had outrightly rejected the allegation of paying less and termed it as a �rumour� which was spread by some �mischief mongers� when the payment of bonus was under way. Though the manager had tried to pacify the mob on September 15, but the mob failed to understand and resorted to stone-pelting and damaged the manager�s office chamber. A police team, subsequently, arrived in the garden and brought the situation under control.