Rs. 3,000 each for 7,46,667 Assam tea workers: Sitharaman to attend ceremonial distribution event


GUWAHATI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday will attend the ceremonial distribution of the third phase of the ‘Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela’ at Assam Veterinary College playground, Khanapara in Guwahati.

Under the scheme, Rs. 3,000 will be credited to 7,46,667  tea workers each as the third tranche of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma will also attend the event.

“Today we are really happy. Tea workers from across the state have come here. We would like to thank the government,” said a tea worker from Charaideo district.

He stated that Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode will benefit the workers of the state without the interference of the middlemen.

The flagship scheme was launched in the financial year 2017-18.

The objective of the ‘Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela’ is to incentivise and strengthen the efforts of financial inclusion of the tea tribe community.

In phase-I of the scheme, Rs. 2500 was credited to 6,33,411 bank accounts of tea garden workers in 2017-18.

In phase-II, 7,15,979 workers got Rs. 2500 under the scheme.