The closed tea gardens of Alipurduar district in West Bengal have a new visitor at its doorstep – the government itself.
After months of problems that have been haunting the tea gardens in the entire district the district administration has started a campaign – “Sarkar aap ke Dwaar” (Government at your doorsteps)
Starting this month, the district administration moved into Madhu Tea Garden in Satali village of Alipurduar which has been closed since year 2014.
This is a part of the project initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an attempt to address the grievances of the people at their native place instead of them having to travel to government offices.
The first “grievance reddressal” camp was organised in the ailing tea gardens. The team consisted of District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal and officials from over 22 different state departments who travelled to the tea gardens to hold camps and address the ground problems.
All officials conveyed to the people the various development initiatives and infrastructure development undertaken by West Bengal government in Alipurduar district in the recent past.
The tea garden has been shut since September 2014 and the workers are jobless, finding it difficult to run their households. The redressal camps were an attempt by the state to placate the grievances of jobless workers and their families.
District Magistrate of Alipurduar Nikhil Nirmal said, “All the problems of workers regarding Provident Fund and Gratuity in the tea garden in my block will be solved gradually. There is a Grievance redressal camp in the tea garden for that purpose. There is another camp for DLC for supply and workers can complain to that camp. The supply will rise from next month. Awareness regarding human trafficking was essential since they are extremely backward and have no knowledge about it. There were 2 camps arranged from Police and from DCPU (District Child Protection Unit) for the same.”
Similar campaign is also being conducted in Hemtabad block of Alipurduar district under the name of “Apnaar Bagaaney Proshashon” (Administration at doorstep of your tea garden).
A series of redressal campaigns are planned for the near future.
Source: India Today