Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal distributes face masks among tea garden workers


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday distributed face masks among tea workers in Bokpara Tea Estate in Dibrugarh district.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal distributing face masks among tea garden workers in Dibrugarh. (Photo: Twitter/sarbanandsonwal)

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Assam government has decided to distribute 3.40 lakh three-layer masks among the tea garden labourers in the state. The state government has so far distributed face masks among more than 1.13 lakh tea garden workers in 177 tea gardens in the state.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday visited Bokpara Tea Estate in Dibrugarh district and interacted with female workers of the garden who were engaged in plucking tea leaves.

Sarbananda Sonowal informed them about the importance of wearing masks at public places and maintaining social distancing in the wake of rising cases of the novel coronavirus across the world.

Sarbananda Sonowal appreciated the garden workers for adhering to the lockdown guidelines and maintaining social distancing norm in the garden. He later distributed masks among tea garden workers.

The Assam chief minister said that the state government made relaxations in the conditions during the second phase of the lockdown as per the Central government’s direction and accordingly, the tea gardens were allowed to carry out a certain set of activities while adhering to those guidelines.

Sarbananda Sonowal said the tea industry in Assam always played an important role in the economic well being of the state and the state government also took several efforts to strengthen the tea sector during the second phase of the lockdown.

Asserting that the tea garden management and workers would have to strictly follow the social distancing guidelines while working, Sarbananda Sonowal stated that all deputy commissioners were directed to ensure complete enforcement of the same.

“The deputy commissioners were already instructed to form monitoring cells to the implementation of lockdown norms in the gardens and said that adequate steps were taken to safeguard the interests of small tea growers of the state as well. All Deputy Commissioners were instructed to maintain a close watch on equitable distribution of government relief among tea garden workers,” Sarbananda Sonowal said.

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