Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday directed all banks to ensure that each tea garden worker of the state had a bank account so that disbursal of weekly wages through bank accounts within a fixed time frame became a reality.
“Banks must put up a system which ensure that the tea garden economy and its network of business did not suffer due to non-availability of adequate fund for payment of wages. Most important, no tea garden worker should be left without a bank account,” Sonowal told representatives of bank officials and tea associations in Guwahati. He also asked the banks to expedite financial inclusion of tea garden workers as well as to ensure timely disbursal of weekly remuneration to them in a cashless manner.
Expressing satisfaction that lakhs of tea workers did not have to suffer due to the demonetisation, Sonowal said that each bank must take steps for opening of bank accounts of the tea garden workers who were still left out as per list prepared in-coordination with the tea garden management and start disbursal through such accounts.
Taking stock of the presence of banking institutions in tea garden areas of the state, he directed the bank authorities to open sufficient of ATMs and sending out mobile vans so that the account holders could transact money locally in a hassle-free manner.