HAFLONG, Jan 6 - Dhan Puraskar Mela was held at the Children’s Park of Kopili Tea Estate at Umrangso, 18 kms from Dima Hasao on January 4. This is a scheme for providing financial incentive to the tea garden workers who opened bank account during the period of demonetisation through cashless transaction. The scheme is an initiative by the State Government for financial inclusion and bringing all sections of people under the ambit of the banking sector and cashless transaction.
The programme was organised by Dima Hasao district administration in association with NC Hills Autonomous Council and Manager of Kopili Tea Estate, Dima Hasao.
The programme began with Jhumur and Santhali dance by the tea garden labourers after which the guests were felicitated with phulam gamusa. A brief speech was delivered by ADC Vikram Dev Sarmah regarding the objective of the Government programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dima Hasao Deputy Commissioner Devajyoti Harazika extended his wishes for a happy new year and expressed his appreciation towards the tea tribes for their cooperation in conducting the programme.
Executive Member Debojit Bathari, who represented the Chief Executive Member of NC Hills Autonomous Council expressed his happiness on being part of the programme. Lauding the Chief Minister and Finance Minister for launching such a scheme for financial uplift of the tea garden workers, he also spoke about various plans and programmes initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the cause of a better society, besides augmenting the economy and healthcare needs of the poor and needy sections of the nation.
During the programme, 251 bank account holders were formally handed over sanction letters of financial incentives of Rs 2,500/- each. NCHAC Executive Member Bathari urged the tea garden labourers to ensure proper maintenance of their accounts for the next six months so that they may enjoy another similar instalment of financial incentives.
He also encouraged the remaining tea garden labourers to open bank accounts on a priority basis for availing financial facilities from the Government from time to time
The programme was also attended by Subrata Thaosen, Executive Member of NC Hills Autonomous Council, Haflong, Amal Bindu Barman, Director of SBI, RTC, GP Bhatt, Subedar Major, 43 Assam Rifles, LC Nath, Manager in-charge of Kopili Tea Estate, Abdul Mazid, DTO of Dima Hasao, Dipak Mander, Manager of Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank, K Deori, Manager of Bank of India, JK Pandit, SBI representative, SK Paul, i/c Sangbar Development Block, Sonali Hojai, Labour Inspector, District Child Protection Officer, besides officers and staff of the district administration, mediapersons and a large number of tea garden workers.