DIBRUGARH, Sept 20 - Following a directive (No S-32015/1/2015-WC) from the Under Secretary to the Government of India, President�s Secretariat, the Office of the Labour Commissioner, Guwahati, has asked the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tinsukia, to initiate action on the issue of 20 per cent pending bonus of 1983 to the dismissed workers of Baghjan tea estate as per the court order.
About 40 workers, including eight women, of Baghjan tea estate in Tinsukia district were allegedly dismissed illegally in 1984 by the concerned management. The Assam Tea Workers� Union (ATWU) leader, Isak Korkoria, has been fighting for the reinstatement of the dismissed workers since then. Korkoria said that Gauhati High Court had asked the management of the tea estate to reinstate all the workers and also pay their dues and the wages for those months, but the management refused to comply with. It needs to be mentioned that 16 out of 40 workers have already passed away.
In a letter to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tinsukia, vide letter (No.LD.7/2015), the Office of the Labour Commissioner, Guwahati, has said that the matter must be treated as of utmost importance in view of persuasion from the office of the President of India.