Tea estate on Indo-Bhutan border pays workers online

Currently, 476 permanent plantation labourers work at Menoka, a 354-hectare garden.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:November 27, 2016 12:52 am
demonetisation, assam, assam tea, assam tea estates, assam tea estate workers, assam news, daily wages, demonetisation effects, india news The tea estate is located in Baksa district. (Express Photo)

Five days after Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal set December 15 as the deadline for all tea estates to open bank accounts for labourers, Menoka, a 100-year-old tea estate, on Saturday not only became the first tea estate to open the accounts, but also paid all labourers online. The tea estate is located in Baksa district on the Indo-Bhutan border.

“We are happy that we have been able to do it first. The biggest achievement is that all our labourers are happy. Two weeks ago, they were worried after hearing about demonetisation. But, last week, we managed to pay them in cash with the help of the district administration and this week, they have received wages online,” Pradeep Kumar Singh, manager of Menoka told The Sunday Express over phone. Following the online transfer of wages, the labourers drew the money they needed for the week from the local Customer Service Point of SBI, Singh added.

Currently, 476 permanent plantation labourers work at Menoka, a 354-hectare garden.

Most tea estates in Assam disburse wages on a weekly basis. “While Menoka has done it, three other tea estates in our district, Nagrijuli, Fatemabad and Doomni have managed to get bank accounts opened for more than 50 per cent of their workers,” said Sanjeeb Kumar Gogoi, deputy commissioner of Baksa.

Kishan Kumar Sharma, sub-divisional officer of Tamulpur said the labourers had quickly adapted to the change.

Sunny Chakraborty, manager of SBI’s branch at Darranga-mela said: “Arranging low-denomination cash for tea estate labourers was an issue. But, we managed to do it through team effort.

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    sawan
    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:37 am
    The manager of SBI of the Tea-estate said that “Arranging low-denomination cash for tea estate labourers was an issue. But, we managed to do it through team effort." Now it has to be seen whether the SBI banch can continue with the "team effort" for the next many weeks ill the system is fully infused with cash. Especially when all other Tea-estates in the area make payments to thei workers online. It is impotant to note that MAKING DEPOSITS IS NOT THE ISSUE, WITHDAWALS ARE. The ry payments start next week.
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      vish
      Nov 27, 2016 at 5:19 am
      Let all Jokers from opposition party read and understand this and implement sch good acts in their consuencies.We have elected them for the same reason .Hope Rahul Baba Understands the basics of Economy and also all his ill advisors understand this simple act of making life easy for the poor .
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