Covid-19: Assam govt takes over health infra in tea estates, enforces SOP

State monitors health of 750,000-odd tea workers; each estate to be given Rs 5,000 to sensitise workers and officials about Covid-19

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Avishek Rakshit Kolkata
The Assam government has decided to operationalise a Special Operating Procedure (SOP) across all the 685 tea estates in the state which remain functional in the days of the coronavirus outbreak.

Apart from monitoring the health of 750,000-odd tea workers in the estates, the government has decided to temporarily take over estate hospitals, creches and club houses in the tea gardens. Additionally, each of the estates will be provided with Rs 5,000 to sensitise the workers and officials about Covid-19.

According to industry officials, the state government will be taking over control and management of all hospitals and dispensaries in the tea estates to monitor any cases of the viral infection. The state administration feels that the step is necessary for more

First Published: Mar 23 2020 | 3:09 PM IST

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