GUWAHATI: To draw up short, medium and long term action plans for uplifting the Tea Tribes community the Assam Government will form seven sub groups for in-depth study on various critical issues concerning the Tea community. This was stated by Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma during an interactive programme titled “Humder Moner Kotha” with intellectuals and leading citizens of the Tea Tribes community on Monday in Guwahati.
The Chief Minister informed that in each of the committees one government officer would be nominated as member secretary. The committees would submit their recommendations with focus on areas such as health, education, skill development, culture, literature, sports and employment within December and the government would accordingly make necessary provisions in the next Budget for development of the community.
Various issues relating to socio-economic development of the tea tribes communities including infrastructural development, exploring alternative and additional livelihood, proper education, health infrastructure, preserving heritage, culture, language etc. of the tea community in Assam were discussed during the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dr Sarma said that while the BJP led State government during last five years undertook a number of programmes for development of the Tea Tribes community, still a lot needed to be done for the community’s holistic growth. He further said that keeping this in mind, the interactive programme was designed, adding that today’s program was just a beginning as the government would discuss the issues for next 6 months.
Leading personalities of the tea community including former Union Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar, former Speaker of ALA Prithbi Majhi, Dr. Bhaben Tanti, Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kurmi, Dulami Herenz, Dr. Kamal Kumar Tanti, Sushil Chandra Kurmi, Wilfred Topno, Bhagirath Karan, Arun Kawar, Monumati Kurmi, Bharat Tanti, Anil Tanti, Renu Gowala, Dipawali Kurmi, Machi Topno, Bohni Kumari Telenga, Bhadra Rajowar, Nakul Chaura, Maniklal Mahato, Ashok Kurmi and several others spoke in the programme.