Gogoi requested PM Modi to issue necessary directions for providing financial assistance for over-all socio-economic development of the tea garden workers, amending the Plantation Labour Act 1951 and providing monthly 12,590 MT of additional food grain to tea garden workers at subsidised rates.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister wanted the headquarters of the Tea Board of  India to be shifted to Guwahati and include tea and the tea industry in the state list.

Gogoi said the state government has notified the draft proposal for enhancing the minimum rates of wages of plantation workers in the tea estates to Rs 177.19 for both permanent and temporary workers, exclusive of any fringe benefits enjoyed by workers and their dependents.

Highlighting health sector as one of the priority requirements, he said, "Total resource budget of the National Health Mission, Assam, for current year is Rs 1,564.51 crore.”

“Any intense and focused attempt of covering all tea gardens with health institutions and manpower requires a separate additional package beyond the general resource envelope," he added.

"An amount of Rs 761.20 crore may be provided by the Centre for meeting the healthcare needs of the tea garden population, in addition to the regular NHM budget," the Chief Minister said.

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