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Govt welfare schemes overlap PLA: ITA

Press Trust of India  |  Tezpur (Assam) 

The Association (ITA) has said that the application of full cover of the governments welfare schemes in estates cannot be institutionalised due to the Plantations Labour Act (PLA) which overlaps these schemes.

The amendment to the PLA, which is on the anvil, envisages wider application of the government's social welfare schemes

on housing, health, education, drinking water in gardens, he said at the 128th general meeting of branch of the ITA yesterday.

"We have represented to the that the cost of maintenance of such facilities created from these schemes should not be vested on the management particularly where such facilities already exist under PLA as this would further add to cost," Monem said.

"It is imperative to ensure that a sustainable wage structure exists in tea industry for its long term viability," the ITA said.

He said that the adversities for climate change had increased the industrys dependence on irrigation and investments on creation of had gone up substantially.

"We need solutions that are affordable and durable," he said.

Later interacting with the media, the ITA said Orthodox Tea produced by the local growers should be encouraged to commercialise their produce with the tag of Tea logo.

The of the Branch of Association (ABITA) A H Choudhry said the increasing cost of production was a matter of concern. Input costs had significantly gone up in terms of electricity, fuel, plant protection chemicals and irrigation.

"Wage and employment cost constitute 60 per cent of production and is going up. The wage agreements have since expired and enhancement of wages of workers is on the anvil... we expect that the wage quantum would be so fixed that the industry would be capable to sustain," he said.

Speaking at the function, said adequate service to the people through proper distribution of power among the consumers was the prime duty of the power sector of the

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 14:15 IST