GUWAHATI: A greenfield airport promising to show Cachar right into a journey hub for south Assam in addition to neighbouring Manipur and Mizoram, could take a toll on the lives and livelihoods of tea backyard staff.
Round 2,000 staff engaged in tea plantations throughout 2,500 bighas of this highest yielding tea backyard space within the Barak Valley, have been apparently rendered jobless quickly after the plucking season of the prized first flush. The Doloo tea property noticed flag marches within the final 4 to 5 days, earlier than bulldozers rolled out on Thursday.
“We’re in opposition to the destruction of 30 lakh tea bushes. In addition to, the lives and livelihoods of tea staff, the surroundings and tea trade shall be severely affected. Why do they need the airport within the tea backyard and never in adjoining Kharil, which is an deserted tea property,” questioned Mrinal Kanti Shome, state secretary, Asom Majuri Shramik Union.
Amid protests by the employees, Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy turned to the social media and guaranteed on Saturday that none could be evicted from their houses in Doloo, Moynargarh and the Lalbagh divisions of the Doloo tea property, a member of the Tea Affiliation of India.
“The pursuits of the employees are paramount to us. There shall be no job cuts. The disbursement of funds within the type of gratuity and provident fund has already began. This isn’t an eviction drive. It’s only a land acquisition course of, which is occurring for an necessary infrastructure mission within the Barak Valley,” mentioned Roy.
Rubbishing all fees in opposition to Cachar DC, Keerthi Jalli and SP, Ramandeep Kaur, Roy mentioned, “They’ve carried out their duties in an neutral method.” The police and the administration got here below flak for flag marches close to the backyard to pave the best way for ‘eviction’. Doloo has all of the substances to emerge as a vacationer scorching spot due to its freshwater lake and spectacular view of the North Cachar hills.
A authorities launch on Saturday clarified that the administration of the tea property had given its consent to clear the land for the airport. Roy mentioned the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was additionally signed by all stakeholders however some ‘outsiders’ are spreading rumours.
There are about 1,200 everlasting and 500 informal staff at Doloo TE. “None will lose jobs,” he assured. Employees’ unions feared the administration could not maintain the labourers if the federal government fails to offer alternate workplaces. Roy mentioned, “About 170 staff have already obtained their funds. All pending funds will quickly be cleared. There’s nothing to fret about. Round Rs 2.37 crore has been transferred to the employees.”

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