Assam: Doloo tea workers face an uncertain future due to airport land.

A greenfield airport in Cachar promises to convert Assam, Manipur, and Mizoram into a travel hub . 2,000 workers in tea plantations across 2,500 bighas of this highest yielding tea garden region in the Barak Valley laid off shortly after the plucking season of the prized first flush .

GUWAHATI: A greenfield airport in Cachar that promises to convert Assam, Manipur, and Mizoram into a travel hub could jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of tea garden workers.Around 2,000 workers in tea plantations across 2,500 bighas of this highest yielding tea garden region in the Barak Valley were apparently laid off shortly after the plucking season of the prized first flush.In the last four to five days, the Doloo tea estate saw flag marches, before bulldozers struck on Thursday.We are against the destruction of 30 lakh tea bushes.

Mrinal Kanti Shome, state secretary of Asom Majuri Shramik Union, asked why they want the airport in the tea garden rather than in the adjacent Kharil, which is an abandoned tea estate.Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy took to social media on Saturday to say that no one will be forced to leave their homes in the Doloo, Moynargarh, and the Lalbagh divisions of the Doloo tea estate, which is a member of the Tea Association of India.We are indebted to the interests of the workers.There will be no layoffs.

This is not an eviction campaign.According to Roy, it is just a land acquisition process that is being carried out in the Barak Valley for a major infrastructure project.Roy said that they have fulfilled their obligations in an objective manner and that Cachar DC, Keerthi Jalli, and SP, Ramandeep Kaur, have been convicted.Flag marches were carried out near the garden by the police and the administration, paving the way to eviction.

On Saturday, a government release announced that the tea estate's management had given permission to clear the grounds for the airport.Roy said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed by all parties, except that some outsiders are spreading rumors.Doloo TE employs approximately 1,200 permanent and 500 casual employees.Nobody will lose jobs, he said.

According to Roy, approximately 170 workers have already received their compensation.All pending payments will shortly be settled.There is nothing to worry about here.The staff have received around Rs 2.37 crore in exchange.