DIBRUGARH, April 24 � Tea garden workers on Thursday organised processions and protest rallies under the banner of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) in their respective tea gardens, seeking payment of minimum wages and fulfilment of other demands.
The workers staged token protest rallies and processions for two hours before assuming their usual work. They also submitted memoranda to the managements of the plantations and the Prime Minister through the tea estate authorities.
Nabin Chandra Keot, secretary, ACMS, Dibrugarh branch, said that despite heavy showers, workers organised rallies at Bokel, Rungliting, Mokelbari, Kamakhyabari, Maijan, Jamirah, Lepetkata, Borborooah, Beheating, Ghooronia, Mancotta, Baughpara, Greenwood, Thanai, Dikom and Basmatia tea estates.
The ACMS has been demanding the total implementation of the Plantation Labour Act in the State Government-owned ATCL gardens and payment of all arrears and rations, besides provincialisation of all primary schools in tea gardens and a hike in the wages of workers engaged by small tea growers.