Silchar, Sept. 1: The Cachar district model of festival bonus for tea workers and employees in the two other districts of Barak Valley was yesterday unanimously accepted by the tea industry and tea trade unions.
It raised hopes that this time bonus payments in the valley in the last week of this month will be over in a quiet manner.
The Cachar model of bonus to tea workers and employees envisages payments ranging from an upper ceiling of 20 per cent and at the lower end a grant of at least two or three per cent of additional bonus to the lowest bonus ceiling of 8.33 per cent.
The model was hammered out last Friday at a meeting convened by Cachar deputy commissioner G.M. Hazarika in his office here.
Planters, tea trade union leaders and senior officials of the district administration, police and the labour department were present at the meet.
At present, there are at least one lakh permanent and temporary workers carrying out the chores of plucking tea leaves and other sundry jobs in as many as 103 tea plantations spread over the three Barak Valley districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
The calculation and payment of bonus this year will be carried out in the gardens of the valley districts on the basis of the estimates of accounts in each garden in the 2011-12 fiscal.
The bonus meetings in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts were held separately in the districts’ headquarters town of Karimganj and Hailakandi yesterday in the morning and afternoon hours. These were presided over by Karimganj district deputy commissioner Sanjib Gohain Barua and Hailakandi district deputy commissioner Samser Singh.
In the meetings, the interest of the tea industry were looked after by the secretaries of Indian Tea Association and the Tea Association of India.