Each of the 96 model schools will cater to four adjacent tea gardens and cover students belonging to tea tribes in 50 per cent of major tea gardens in the state. Credit: EastMojo Image

The mention of an ‘international conspiracy’ to defame India’s tea became the highlight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Assam’s Dhekiajuli on Sunday, February 7.

However, at a short distance from the Prime Minister’s meeting, tea garden workers Tara Bhesra and Shravan Tanti, say it is difficult to survive with a meagre daily wage of Rs 167. They want their daily wages hiked to Rs 351.

Meanwhile, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 6 promised that government of Assam will increase their wages in the next ten days. Tea tribes constitute around 17% of Assam’s population and could sway the results in several Assembly constituencies.

Team EastMojo visited the Sapoi Tea Farms, a short distance away from Dhekiajuli. Here’s what the tea garden workers have to say about their demands and how they feel that politicians and political parties think of them only around elections.

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