Finance Minister Distributes Rs 224 crore Among Assam Tea Garden Workers

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Finance Minister Distributes Rs 224 crore Among Assam Tea Garden Workers

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Guwahati, Assam.

Guwahati:

Forward of the meeting polls in Assam, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman right this moment distributed Rs 3,000 every to 7.47 lakh tea backyard employees within the state, totaling Rs 224 crore.

The Union finance minister was in Guwahati to take part within the programme to supply monetary help to tea employees underneath the third tranche of the Assam Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela Scheme.

“Earlier than 2014 Lok Sabha polls, PM Narendra Modi had wished to work for the upliftment of tea backyard employees and accordingly a number of schemes had been launched after the NDA got here to energy,” the minister mentioned.

As a part of the third tranche of the flagship scheme, a further quantity of Rs 3,000 every will likely be credited to the financial institution accounts of seven,46,667 employees. Every tea employee had earlier acquired Rs 5,000 in two phases.

The motivation was made by way of direct profit switch (DBT) mode to six,33,411 financial institution accounts of tea gardens in 2017-18 and seven,15,979 accounts in 2018-19 throughout 752 tea gardens.

Ms Sitharaman mentioned all middlemen have been eradicated with introduction of the DBT mode in numerous schemes and the Centre will proceed to assist tea gardens in Assam in future.

“PM Modi favoured utilizing expertise for the good thing about individuals whereas implementing the schemes and so the idea of DBT was launched. As a result of this, middlemen had been completely eradicated and the advantages reached on to the beneficiaries,” she added.

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Ms Sitharaman mentioned that the Union finances for 2021-22 has allotted Rs 1,000 crore for the welfare of girls and youngsters of tea gardens in Assam and West Bengal as per the request of the BJP-led authorities within the northeastern state.

“After financial institution accounts had been opened for tea backyard labourers, some points cropped up. However after I instructed the bankers in February final 12 months to right the anomalies they labored tirelessly, even through the COVID-19 disaster, and every little thing is on monitor now,” she mentioned.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned that Rs 224 crore will likely be spent on transferring the third tranche of the scheme to the beneficiaries.

“We spent Rs 158 crore within the first 12 months and it elevated to Rs 202 crore through the second 12 months. The scheme will not cease right here at Rs 3,000 every as we’ve got already begun the method to ship such an quantity each month,” he added.

Elections to the 126-member Assam Meeting are due in March-April this 12 months.