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Hailakandi Becomes First District In Assam To Pay Tea Workers Via Bank Account

Following demonetisation, Assam government had set 15 December as the deadline for cashless transactions to tea plantation workers.

04/12/2016 9:00 AM IST | Updated 04/12/2016 9:30 AM IST
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HAILAKANDI -- Hailakandi has become the first district in Assam to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts before the 15 December deadline set by the state government for cashless transactions to the plantation workers.

At least 504 workers of Burnie Braes tea estate received their wages through bank accounts and the payment was made through five Banking Correspondents (CSPs) of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank, District Labour Officer Alimuddin Barbhuiya said on Saturday.

Such payments were possible due to the effort of district Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora, who held a series of meetings with bankers, tea garden managements and mobile service providers, Barbhuiya said.

Following demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1000 currency notes from 9 November, Assam government had set 15 December as the deadline for cashless transactions to tea plantation workers.

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