Assam tea garden workers criticise Narendra Modi for 'chaiwala' references, urge PM to implement promised minimum wage
Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) General Secretary Rupesh Gowala said while Modi often refers to himself as a "chaiwala", he is yet to make good his promises.
Although the promptness from all quarters salvaged the situation for the state's tea sector, the unavailability of physical banking services within commutable distance was glaring.
There is no debate that the tea industry and its community in Assam is going through a crisis period. Unfortunately, the political class instead of providing with a solution has been playing an obstructionist role all the while.
The 190-years old Assam tea industry employs about five lakh permanent workers and about six lakh temporary workers, with about 50 percent of them women.