GUWAHATI, Nov 3 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today asked the Labour and Employment Department to strictly enforce the various provisions of the Plantation Labour Act in the tea gardens. He also directed the department to initiate punitive actions against those tea garden managements, who are found to have failed to implement the legislation in their tea gardens. He was reviewing the implementation of the Act.
The Chief Minister asked the Labour and Employment Department to start implementing the provisions of the Act through a time-bound action plan. He told the officials that he would review the status of implementation of the Act from time to time.
According to an official press release, Gogoi expressed dissatisfaction over the non-implementation of the Plantation Labour Act by some tea garden managements.
It may be mentioned here that Advisor to the Chief Minister PP Varma has made an in-depth study of the working conditions in the tea gardens of the State and come up with recommendations for certain improvements, especially in the health and education sectors.
A Judicial Commission was constituted to study the working conditions in the tea gardens of the State and to suggest suitable measures for improvement in housing, health, education and other facilities in the tea gardens under the Act.
The State Government has now made it mandatory that a tea garden must have all the facilities under the Plantation Labour Act before it can be sold off. It has been observed that the managements of some gardens in the State have not been offering the facilities they ought to provide under the said Act.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Minister for Labour & Employment and Tea Tribes Welfare Prithibi Majhi, Principal Secretary to CM MGVK Bhanu and Secretary, Labour & Employment Amlan Baruah.