Mamata declares hike in daily wage of tea-garden workers, lambasts BJP again

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
Jalpaiguri
31 Oct 2018

Accusing BJP of ‘falsely promising’ to adopt all teagardens under Duncan’s group Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a public meeting at Tia Bon near Gorumara sanctuary announced that daily wage of tea-garden workers would be hiked to Rs 176 from Rs 67 with effect from October. “State government despite its financial constraints is sincerely trying to help the tea-garden workers. You should remember that a member of central cabinet while taking stock of tea-gardens had promised to adopt all tea-gardens run by Duncan’s group. But nothing happened. It was an empty promise only to gather votes,” Banerjee said.
“Along with raising the daily wage of tea-garden workers from Rs 67 to Rs 176 the state government has taken up several other developmental projects for family members of tea garden workers,” she added. CM accused BJP also of driving away the Bengalis Mamata declares hike in daily wage of tea-garden workers, lambasts BJP again from Assam and Biharis from Gujrat. “We in Bengal strongly oppose any form of communalism and provincialism. We embrace all, we work for development of all communities, creeds and castes,” she said. “After introducing National register of citizenship (NRC) the traders of Bengal and other states are scared of visiting Assam to run their business. But in Bengal all are welcome.
State government would provide all sorts of cooperation,” she said. Mamata Banerjee also compared seven and a half years of Trinamool rule with 34 years of Left Front rule in state today. “No substantive development of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Terai, Dooars and other parts of north Bengal was made in 34 years of the former government. Industries, health, education of north Bengal were neglected. We have sincerely tried to change the situation” she said.The Chief Minister also inaugurated a slew of projects for Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar including a flyover in Alipurduar.