Poor bank connectivity in Bengal, want wages in cash

Since demonetisation, this is the first time that unions have openly opposed the RBI directives on wage payment.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:December 8, 2016 2:33 am
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They claim that the banking infrastructure in north Bengal, where tea is grown, is not enough to serve the purpose and would lead to a financial disaster.

Tea trade unions on Tuesday said that they would begin a series of protests starting December 12 against Centre and RBI’s directive to garden managements to transfer their wages to bank accounts.

They claim that the banking infrastructure in north Bengal, where tea is grown, is not enough to serve the purpose and would lead to a financial disaster.

Since demonetisation, this is the first time that unions have openly opposed the RBI directives on wage payment.

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“The central government and the RBI have come up with the directive that wages of tea workers be transferred to their bank accounts.
“But none of the tea estates in this region has a branch of any bank,” said Ziaur Alam, convener of Joint Forum.

The unions argued for the development of banking infrastructure in all tea estates of north Bengal before sending wages to their accounts.

Till such a time they exhorted government to continue cash payments.

“We will hold sit-ins in front of all central government offices and banks in tea estates on December 12 if the government and RBI insist on bank transfers,” said Alam.

A bank official in the area backed the union’s claim that the banking infrastructure in the area was poor, and added that they did not have enough money to pay existing wages.

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    Kaliyug
    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm
    Mamta bank of Sarada has to be open sooner or later, she is the one who is the most upset about the demonetization, all the hard work of saving the crooks has ended up badly for her economically. The useless Bangla Deshis are also causing trouble for Mamta because they do not have any papers to open bank accounts. while the Bania business community is happy to employ the illegal Bangla Deshis who will not revolt against the employers. Mamta will have to find new avenues of fraud to keep up her image and liquidity..
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