| Tea workers at an estate in Upper Assam |
Jorhat, June 29: After a hard day’s work, tea workers generally love to watch a film.
The Titabar sub-divisional administration, which is planning a documentary on health issues in the language spoken by the tea tribes, is hoping to screen the film at these gatherings.
Titabar sub-divisional officer (civil) Roshni A. Korati told The Telegraph that the administration has decided to make a short documentary on health and related matters like sanitation and hygiene exclusively for the tea workers.
“It has been observed the people from tea gardens have a fondness for watching movies and so we have thought of using the same to generate consciousness on health matters,” Korati said.
Titabar subdivision with two Assembly seats —Titabar and Mariani in Jorhat district — has about 50 tea estates.
Korati said keeping in view the fact that that majority of the deaths of women and children in the subdivision are from tea garden areas, the administration has come up with the idea of making a video film in Chadri (language spoken by the tea workers).
The officer said the 40-minute video, with a budget of Rs 1 lakh, would be completed within a month. Preliminary work on the project has already started with script being written by a group of people belonging to the tea tribes.
Shooting will be done in gardens, labour quarters and hospitals with real doctors and medical staff.
The opening scene will be the death of woman in a garden because of lack of medical treatment as she was not taken to a hospital, Korati said, adding the name of the documentary was yet to be finalised.
She said the administration planed to screen the film in the evening using projectors in the gardens.
The sub-divisional officer said it was found that as a result of backwardness the people in the tea gardens hesitate to take medical treatment, and mostly women are discouraged to go to hospitals or health centres.
Films (generally Bollywood films) are screened till late night through projectors during Durga Puja holidays in the gardens.
Korati said depending on the outcome of the initiative, the sub-divisional administration might take up similar endeavour in the education front.
The Titabar unit of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) — the largest and oldest union of tea workers in the state — has welcomed the sub-divisional administration’s idea.
ACMS secretary (Titabar unit) Nagen Kurmi told this correspondent that the plan to make a film to create awareness among the tea garden people on health matters was a positive one.