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New Delhi: The Paris Agreement on climate change clinched on Saturday after 13 days of hard negotiations demonstrates the collective wisdom of world leaders to mitigate its effects and there are no winners or losers in the outcome, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Deliberations at the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP21) and Paris Agreement demonstrate the collective wisdom of world leaders to mitigate climate change,” Modi said on Twitter.

He said climate change remains a challenge, but Paris Agreement demonstrates how every nation rose to the challenge and world leaders were working towards a solution to mitigate the change.

“Outcome of Paris Agreement has no winners or losers. Climate justice has won and we are all working towards a greener future,” he tweeted.

The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted by 196 countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change during the CoP21 hosted by France.

At the CoP21’s starting on November 30, Modi had launched an alliance of some 120-odd nations to tap solar energy better. He urged the rich nations to shoulder their responsibilities in protecting the environment, with funding and transfer of clean technology to poor and emerging economies without further delay.

In his address at the conference, he said India has set “ambitious targets” and aims to reduce emissions by 33-35 percent of 2005 levels, and 40 percent of installed capacity would be from non-fossil fuels.

The solar alliance move was lauded by global business leaders, who felt the issue of funding has to be addressed, too, to make this green initiative a success.

Modi also had bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines and agreed their nations would work closely in fighting climate change.

He also had a brief meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.(IANS)

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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)