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By NewsGram Staff Writer

As part of the various efforts being made to revive the status of the Hindi language, recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that it would be among the three languages that will dominate the digital media.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday described Hindi as a common thread that can unite everyone. He also advocated the idea of using Hindi as the language for administrative purposes during a session titled, Hindi Mein Prashashan (Using Hindi in administration) at the ongoing three-day World Hindi Meet. He believes that the administration should use a language that can be understood by everyone and thus the use of simple Hindi should be encouraged.

In this direction, India’s external affairs ministry suggested that the involvement of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan can be a big help.

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When a section of people questioned the logic behind inviting the superstar to the 10th World Hindi Meet, MEA stated that he can easily influence masses.

“If Hindi songs are being heard in the Middle East today, it is due to Bollywood’s influence. Amitabh has been the most popular actor of Bollywood of the 1970’s. He is looked upon as an inspirational personality even today. If he comes, it would benefit the Hindi language,” said external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan on Thursday.

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According to what the ministry of external affairs (MEA) initially stated, the inaugural function of the World Hindi Meet was attended by 700 journalists, 1,540 guests and 2,100 special guests.

116 representatives from different parts of the globe are participating actively in the ongoing 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan, an official said on Friday.

Vikas Swarup, the spokesperson of MEA, informed the reporters that 116 participants from 39 countries have come to attend the World Hindi Meet, though he chose not to give any further details when asked how many of them are from the embassies.

However, sources reveal that most of the people participating in the ongoing meet are from the embassies.

(With inputs from 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)