DIBRUGARH, Sept 15: The Tea Tribes Adivasi Autonomous Council Demand Committee, Assam on Tuesday pressed for a separate autonomous council for their community.
Addressing a press conference at ACMS central office here, Israil Nanda, convenor of the committee said, “We demand separate autonomous council for our community, because we are living in Assam since decades and played important role for the economic uplift of the state. We welcomed the government decision to provide Autonomous council to three indigenous community of Assam.”
According to NRC, there are total 1 crore 36 lakh tea tribe people are living in Assam.
However, the community has been exploited since decades. The East India Company brought the Adivasi people from other states of India for the cultivation of Tea and from then the people are living in Assam.
Nabin Chandra Keot, ACMS central vice president and convenor of the committee said they want autonomus council for their community because in many areas the community has deprived of their rights.
“Our long pending demand to hike wages of tea workers to Rs 351 but despite several pleas the government has not increased the wages of the labourers. The BJP government is not sincere to increase the wages of workers. Before election, they assured to increase the wages of workers but till date nothing has been done,” said Keot.
ACMS general secretary Rupesh Gowala criticised the BJP government for doing nothing for the poor garden workers.
“The BJP has been using the people for vote bank before election by announcing schemes but in reality they are doing nothing for the uplift of the community,” said Gowala.
He added, “The education infrastructure in tea gardens areas are poor but the government is doing nothing for the devilment of education in the tea belt area”.
“Now government has decided to open High school in Tea belts without developing the infrastructure of LP schools. The government should stress on the education development of the people. The government should develop the health infrastructure of the Tea garden areas,” Gowala added.