Guwahati: Assam Congress has urged the government to provide a paid leave to the tea garden workers in the state on the day when they go for COVID 19 vaccination.
“I have received complaints from many tea garden labourers that whenever they go to nearby government healthcare facilities for Covid vaccination, the tea garden managements do not grant them leave and consequently the workers have to forgo their wages for that day,” Debabrata Saikia, Leader of Congress Legislature Party wrote in a letter to Labour Welfare Commissioner.
He requested the labour welfare commissioner to issue strict instructions to all tea garden managements of Assam to allow paid leave whenever any labourer seeks to go for vaccination at nearby government healthcare facilities.
Saikia said as per information received by him “there has been shortage in supply of vaccines in the tea garden areas” which has resulted in “inadequate” vaccination of the tea garden workers.
The Congress leader also requested the labour welfare commissioner to take necessary steps for speeding up the Covid19 testing process as well as the vaccination drive in the tea garden areas of Assam.