Dibrugarh district administration on Friday decided to open tea gardens from Saturday in the eastern Assam district with COVID-19 protocols.
On Friday, a meeting was held at deputy commissioner’s conference hall with all stakeholders.
Deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha chaired the meeting where important decision regarding COVID-19 protocols were taken.
The following decisions are – Maintenance of social distancing and order precautionary measures in every aspects in all the operations in the tea garden, including factories, maintenance of hygiene and hand washing to be maintained in all public gatherings, tea garden management were instructed to maintain close contact with IDSP and will inform medical units/ administration if any health issues related to workers noticed and the tea garden management will provide masks to all the workers.
Similarly, ‘Bagan Bazar’s to be kept closed.
Instruction was given to all the stakeholders to develop a mechanism involving local youths for door to door delivery system of grocery, vegetables etc.
However, deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha requested the garden management to consider the payment of all wages to their workers for those two days also that is on March 23 and 24on which ATTSA has declared bandh.
According to the order, all decisions taken in the meeting is to be applicable for small tea growers and bought leaf factories of the district.
According to deputy commissioner, migration or out migration in a garden should be totally restricted, except essential commodities.
The superintendent of police, Dibrugarh is requested to activate the VDPs and tea garden management will ensure about the enforcement.
ACMS Dibrugarh branch secretary Nabin Chandra Keot said, “We are present at the meeting and from Saturday the tea garden will be functioning but the plucking will not start from Saturday because the tea leaves grown bigger for not plucking due to lockdown.”
Several important decisions were taken in the meeting regarding COVID-19 protocol and how to keep the life of workers safe,” Keot said.