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Tea estate in Assam deposits workers wages in accounts

Guwahati:  Vernerpur Tea Estate in Hailakandi district of Assam has become the first tea garden in the state to pay salaries to its all employees through bank.
“Joyous atmosphere prevailed as scores of tea labourers of Vernerpur in Hailakandi district on Tuesday got their weekly wages in their bank accounts via digital mode for the first time,” an official release said.
The salaries were paid on Thursday after bank officials visited the Vernerpur Tea Estate to pay wages to all the 786 workers in the cashless transaction.
Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora along with other officials of the district administration witnessed the cashless transaction of wages.
“It augurs well that tea workers are withdrawing money, which they needed, and the rest they have started saving. The future of the workers will be safe and secure,” Bora said.
He exuded optimism that like Vernerpur, other 16 gardens in the district will also make payment of wages through bank accounts of workers on or before the deadline of January 15. Bora also informed that ATMs will be installed in all tea gardens by January 10. (PTI)

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