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Puja bonus plea for Barak zone

Silchar, Aug. 30: The district administration in south Assamís Barak Valley has urged planters to announce Puja bonus by September 8 and complete payments by September 16.

The district administration in the valley, comprising Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar, led by their respective deputy commissioners, met officials of two plantersí associations over the past three days here and the two other district headquarters. They urged the planters to consider the announcement of bonus by September 8 and complete the payments latest by September 16.

The last such meeting, convened by Cachar deputy commissioner J.M. Hazarika, was held in his office here yesterday afternoon.

J.P. Sisodia, chairman of the Tea Association of India (TAI), Barak valley branch, and its secretary Kalyan Mitra, and the chairman and secretary of the Indian Tea Association (ITA)ís Surma valley branch, B.S. Deora and Bhaskar Chaliha respectively, were present at the meeting.

According to the Payment of Bonus Act 1954, each employee of any industrial and commercial unit is to be paid the annual bonus before Pujas in autumn at the highest ceiling of 20 per cent and lowest of 8.33 per cent, according to the profit reaped in the last fiscal.

Unlike in the past two years, Cachar tea yields at the auctions in both Calcutta and Guwahati have fetched better prices. Rainfall, which was really scanty last winter and summer, has been good this year.

According to calculations estimated by the assistant director in the regional office of the Tea Board P. Kujur and scientific adviser of the Tea Research Association (TRA) S. Sanigrahi, CTC output upto July this year has crossed last yearís output of the corresponding period by 8,727,922 kg.

B. Baroi, assistant general secretary of the Barak Valley Cha Sramik Union, hoped that the bonus this year would be the highest in the light of these positive developments.

There are about one lakh workers in the 99 working plantations in Barak valley.


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