Nine major tea companies and 25 individual gardens have declared their quantum of Durga Puja bonus for their workers.

Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) general secretary Rupesh Gowala on Saturday said among the big tea companies which have announced their bonus rates are Rossel India, Goodrick, Andrew Yule, MK Jokai, Jooktoli Laxmi, Dhansiri, Assam Company India Limited and Gillanders Arbuthnot.

These tea groups have agreed to pay Durga Puja bonus of 20%.

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A few of them will pay the bonus amount in two instalments of 15% and 5%.

Earlier, the ACMS urged the tea industry to announce their quantum of bonus at least 3 weeks ahead of Durga Puja.

As per the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 the minimum bonus payable is 8.33% while the maximum rate of bonus stands at 20%.

All permanent and temporary workers who have worked for a minimum period of 30 days are entitled to the benefit.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com