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BJP-led Assam Government is likely to make Majuli, India’s First River Island District

Majuli falls under the Jorhat subdivision of Assam and is intended to become the 34th district of the state

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Doriya river of Majuli, Assam, India. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
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  • Majuli used to be a large river island on the river Brahmaputra in Assam, India
  • It is about 20 km away from Jorhat and serves as an important tourist attraction
  • Recently, the new Assam government has decided to honour Majuli as a separate district of Assam

Assam to become the first state to grant district status to an island. Recently, after the elections, the BJP led government formed in Assam met for the first time since the victory and decided to take a landmark decision. The decision was to grant district status to Majuli, a 400 sq km big island on river Brahmaputra. Majuli falls under the Jorhat subdivision of Assam. It is intended to become the 34th district of Assam.

Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

“We have decided to elevate Majuli to a district so that people do not have to take a boat every time they need to approach the district administration,” state excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya said to The Hindustan Times, after the meeting.

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A tribal village in Majuli. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
A tribal village in Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Majuli has been a home to mostly the Mishing tribal of Assam. It has been the hub of the neo-Vaishnavite culture of Assam which had been initiated by Srimanta Sankardeva, the saint-reformer, in the 15th century. Therefore, the island boasts of harbouring a number of Vaishnavite monasteries from a long time ago. Some of them have been lost and destroyed over time. Some of the surviving ones are Dakhinpat, Garamurh, Auniati, Kamalabari and Bengenaati.

Kamalabari Satra in Majuli. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons
Kamalabari Satra in Majuli. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The new government has also made the promise that they will secure jobs for the teachers who have passed the TET(Teachers’ Eligibility Test) and have not gotten employment yet.  The decision had coincided with the event of around 7000 teachers joining schools across 10 districts of Assam. They had earned their postings through the lottery, a week ago.

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We sincerely hope that the new BJP led government of Assam will succeed in fulfilling the promises that they are making.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    Its awesome that we are going to have our first River Island in India and that also in State of Assam.

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Tea Body of Assam Slam ‘Chaiwala’ Modi

The tea labourers of Assam live in the most deplorable conditions without some of the basic amenities, Gowala said

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Assam tea body slam 'chaiwala' Modi,

The largest tea body of Assam on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often refer to himself as a “chaiwala”, for not being considerate towards the state’s tea garden workers’ plight and urged him to implement the promised minimum wage of Rs 350 before the new year starts.

The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) General Secretary Rupesh Gowala said while Modi often refers to himself as a “chaiwala”, he is yet make good on his promises towards a million tea garden labourers in the state in the last four years.

“Before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Modi addressed several rallies in Assam and assured that the tea garden labourers would be paid a minimum wage of Rs 350 per day,” Gowala said.

“If this happens, the 10,00,000 tea garden labourers will lose Rs 30 each day for two months. Is it a “chaiwala” Prime Minister who is doing this to his own community?” said Gowala.

The tea garden workers in Brahmaputra Valley in Assam are presently drawing Rs 167 per day while the tea garden workers in Barak Valley are getting Rs 145 per day.

“The existing wage agreement between the Assam government and the ACMS and other tea workers bodies expired on December 31, 2017.

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“The government had announced an interim hike of Rs 30 per day. The tea garden labourers are supposed to get this interim hike from January 1, 2018, but the government is saying the hike will apply from March 1, 2018.

“This would make them lose Rs 30 per day for two months,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam is yet to fix that minimum wage, Gowala said, urging Modi to announce the promised Rs 350 per day minimum wage before 2019.

Gowala said the condition of all those tea gardens run by the Assam government was far worse.

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“While the labourers in company-owned garden are receiving a wage of Rs. 167 per day now, the 26,000 workers under the 14 gardens of state-owned Assam Tea Company Limited (ATCL) are receiving a wage of Rs 115 only per day,” he said.

Assam has over 800 medium and large size tea gardens that produces over 50 per cent of the country’s total tea produce.

The tea labourers of Assam live in the most deplorable conditions without some of the basic amenities, Gowala said. (IANS)