This is a big cash benefit from the Modi government, 7.47 lakh tea garden workers in Assam, as Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed out Rs 3,000 each at 7.47 lakhs from the state tea gardeners, for a total of Rs 224 crore. The Union Finance Minister was in the city to participate in the financial aid program for tea workers under the third tranche of the Assam Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela program.
Elevation of tea garden workers
Prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi ji had wanted to work for the improvement of tea garden workers and as a result, several programs were launched after the NDA came to power, the minister said. ‘Union, according to a report by the PTI news agency.
Assam Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela Scheme
Under the third tranche of the flagship program, an additional amount of Rs 3,000 each will be credited to the bank accounts of 7,466,667 workers.
Each tea worker had previously received 5,000 rupees in two phases.
The incentive was made through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode on 6 33,411 tea plantation bank accounts in 2017-2018 and 715,979 accounts in 2018-2019 in 752 tea estates.
Sitharaman said that all intermediaries have been eliminated with the introduction of DBT mode in various programs and that the Center will continue to support tea gardens in Assam in the future. “Prime Minister Modi favored the use of technology for the benefit of people during the implementation of the programs and therefore the concept of DBT was introduced. As a result, the middlemen were completely eliminated and the benefits were paid directly to beneficiaries, âshe said.
Sitharaman said the Union budget for 2021-2022 allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the welfare of women and children in tea gardens in Assam and West Bengal, as requested by the government led by the BJP in the northeastern state. âAfter opening bank accounts for the tea plantation workers, some problems arose. But when I asked the bankers in February of last year to correct the anomalies, they worked tirelessly, even during the COVID-19 crisis, and everything is on track now, âshe said.
Speaking on the occasion, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Rs 224 crore will be spent to transfer the third tranche of the program to beneficiaries. âWe spent Rs 158 crore in the first year and it rose to Rs 202 crore in the second year. The program will not stop here at Rs 3,000 each as we have already started the sending process. such an amount every month, “he said. added.