Bill in winter session for welfare of tea garden workers: Bista

Raju Bista with R.B. Rai at Rangmook Chadraman Primary School. SE Pic
Mon, Sep 9, 2019

Our Correspondent
Darjeeling Lok Sabha MP Raju Bista today said a bill is being tabled in the winter session of the Parliament proposing several benefits for the tea garden workers.
Bista was addressing a gathering at Rangmook Chandraman Primary School after seeking blessings of CPRM leader R.B. Rai.
“Several reforms benefiting the labourers are being done by our government. Recently a bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha that will benefit the labourers. Presently, only 30-35 per cent of labourers are under Minimum Wages Act but after this bill, 100 per cent skilled and unskilled labourers are to be covered along with other benefits. Fifty per cent of the wages of the tea garden workers are being deducted as welfare when only 15 per cent should be deducted. After this bill is implemented this cannot be done,” said Bista.
“The State government may use the Plantation Labour Act against this bill but in the coming winter session, Occupational Health and Safety Bill is being brought in the Parliament in which the Plantation Labour Act will be merged. Benefits given to labourers in other industries will also be received by those working in the tea gardens as well,” said the MP.
He stressed that he is working on his promises including a permanent political solution for the hills, parcha patta and minimum wages in tea gardens. I have also submitted a proposal for a Central university in the hills and have met the Union Tribal Affairs minister for the tribal status demand of the 11 communities here, he said.
I have plans to bring Union ministers to visit the hills, he said.
Regarding the NRC process in Assam, Bista said: “The NRC will not touch the hills and in Assam also. It is just a process. Lot of Gorkhas have been left-out from the NRC final list but there is four months for review and within this period, all the names would be listed. It will be my greatest defeat if even one Gorkha as to leave Assam.”

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