Source : The Sentinel
GUWAHATI, June 30: The Government of Assam would soon set up 100 high schools in the tea garden areas of the State. Similarly, Line Sardars of the tea gardens would be provided with smart mobile phones. The Government would also extend financial assistance of Rs 12,000 each to around 47,000 pregnant tea garden workers each year for the nutritional purpose during the period of their pregnancy.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while reviewing the implementation of programmes for the welfare of tea tribes at his office conference room at Janata Bhawan on Friday evening directed the departments concerned to expedite execution of the initiatives. The Chief Minister also asked the Education department to expeditiously transfer Rs 600 each to girl students aged 12 to 20 years for procurement of sanitary napkins as announced in the State budget. He also proposed to set up a new department to look after the plantation and commercial use of tea, rubber, bamboo etc. in the State.
Stating that lack of proper educational infrastructure at the tea gardens affects academic interests of the tea tribes’ students, the Chief Minister asked the Secondary Education department to take up speedy measures for setting up 100 high schools in the tea gardens across the State. He also directed the department to develop the new schools as model institution and engage modern construction technology for early completion of construction work.
Further, reviewing the progress of the mobile phone distribution programme for the Line Sardars of the tea gardens, the Chief Minister directed the Tea Tribes’ Welfare department to provide them smart phones so that the phone could be utilized as a multi-purpose device. Sonowal said that the smart phone would enable the Line Sardars to establish contact with concerned authorities to address any emergency situation and also emphasized on apprising the Line Sardars about different welfare schemes of the Government as well. He asked the department to introduce an app with information in Assamese language in the phone for the same.