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Bill on Migrant workers tabled in RS

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) Congress (I) member from Asom Silvius Condpan today sought that migrant SC/ST labourers working in the tea plantations of Asom be treated on a par with other migrant labourers in Tripura and West Bengal and given the full benefit of their status.

Tabling the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2004 (Amendment of articles 341 and 342), Mr Condpan said the plantation workers who were originally from Orissa, Jharkhand, Mahya Pradesh and South Bihar, were taken to work in the tea plantations of Asom, West Bengal and Tripura.

While the West Bengal and Tripura governments had categorised the workers their due status, the plantation workers in Asom had lagged behind.

M S Gill, (Cong), supporting the private members' Bill, said indentured labour taken from India had become Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize winning authors and cricket captains in their adopted countries in West Indies and Guyana.

The Bill, he said, was an enabling provision allowing Indian labourers to get a chance of redressal of their problems.

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