Kanchan View Tea Estate row continues, letter submitted to ALC

Smrita Khawas

Darjeeling, 12 Apr:

The dispute over the construction of a resort and uprooting of tea bushes at Kanchan View Tea Estate continues with the Gaon Sudhar Sammelan members along with Hamro Party Trade Union visiting the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner of Darjeeling today.

President Hamro Party,Ajoy Edward, has said that his party supports the demands of the Rungeet Tea Garden [Kanchan View Tea Estate] workers.

The tea estate has been shut for a long time and the present situation is unacceptable so we have submitted a letter to the ALC and the tea estate owners urging them to resolve the issue, he stated.

“We may be from different political parties but we have to work together for Darjeeling, so we want to request all of them to unite. And we will even request the government if they are investing certain amount in tourism sector then they should at least give 15% of the earnings from tourism to the welfare of tea garden workers. We welcome tourism but tea garden workers should also get benefits. I am not threatening anyone, everyone is welcome in Darjeeling but at the same time our people should also benefit," said Mr Edward.

Chief Advisor, Gaon Sudhar Sammelan, Kanchan View Tea Garden,Jiten Rai, informed that the tea estate was shut down because of a dispute between the management and labourers. He added that in order to reopen the garden a meeting was called at Shramik Bhavan Siliguri in which they had placed their demands but an agreement was signed without properly resolving the issue.

“And to oppose that agreement today we are protesting here in front of Darjeeling ALC office. We had a meeting today with ALC and have clearly mentioned that if the agreement is implemented in the tea garden then a law and order situation might arise. The demands placed before the authority comprises rights of the workers which have been pending for a very long period of time. We hope that the authorities will give justice to the workers who have dedicated their life for the betterment of the tea garden," said Mr Rai.