DIBRUGARH, Jan 3 - The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS), Khalihamari branch, today launched a month-long campaign against illegal sale and consumption of liquor and gambling in tea gardens by holding a large rally at the Bilongoni Division of Thanai Tea Estate under the Rohmoria Police Station.Several hundreds of workers, led by the local women units of the ACMS, participated in the procession, carrying placards and banners, and shouting slogans. They wended through every housing line in the Assam Company-owned tea estate.
The ACMS unit has also mobilised student bodies in the plantation areas, garden school teachers, staff, sub-staff and tea garden managements in its fight against illegal liquor sale and gambling. Schoolchildren and members of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) and Jatiya Mahasabha also took part in the campaign.
The movement against illegal sale of liquor and gambling is being supported by the district administration, Excise personnel and the police.
Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri, who attended the public meeting after the rally, called for an end to illicit liquor sale. She assured of facilitating bank loans to those who give up such illegal activities and start alternative means of livelihood.
Nabin Chandra Keot, Khalihamari ACMS secretary, said that such rallies would be organised in all 90 tea gardens under its jurisdiction. The next rally will be held on January 5 at Hazelbank Tea Estate, added Keot.