CGCC, WEST BENGAL, REACHES OUT WITH RELIEF TO THE TEA-GARDEN WORKERS
As one of the noble responsibilities of belonging to the working class, Coordination Committee of Central Govt Employees and Workers, West Bengal, stretches its hands to provide some relief to the jobless labourers of Tea-Gardens of West Bengal. The death toll of such labourers is around 200 now, hundreds more are suffering with hunger, malnutrition and diseases.
The CGCC team led by Comrades Tapan Dasgupta, Manisha Majumder (Jt.Convener, Working Women's Cell) and Partha Guha (Organising Secretary, CGCC) was supported by Comrades Nanda Sen, Uttam Sarkar from Postal, from Income Tax and other local trade union leaders. The team of about 40 comrades visited Red Bank and Surendranagar Tea Gardens of Dooars area. The team had kitchen bags to distribute with Rice, edible oil, Milk, Soyabean, spices etc.
Kitchen bags were handed over to 850 families in Red Bank Tea Garden and 236 in Surendranagar Tea Garden. Both these Tea Gardens are closed since long. The jobless workers thanked for the relief, but urged to support and move for opening the Gardens as they want food for their toil, not as relief. They want their dignity of earning back.
CGCC and affiliates are fighting for their cause and condemns the inaction and reluctance of both Central and State Governments. The owners of these Tea Gardens are not unfed, nor they are suffering. In the name of reopening, they take loans but divert their investments elsewhere. In 2007, 31 Tea Gardens were closed, but the Left Front Govt promptly and effectively took up the issue. 30 Tea Gardens were opened. What are the governments in power doing now? What is the cost of the lives of hundreds of labourers and their families?
Comrades, we should raise our voices with these questions now. Build up more movements and social awareness against this inhuman face of the Govt. Please continue collecting funds so that we can reach out more tea gardens in coming days.
THANK YOU COMRADES .... WE HAVE TO KEEP IT UP .....
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