Tinsukia, January 04: To realise the vision of Financial Inclusion and Digital Payments, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela 2018 at the Sarbananda Singha Auditorium, Tinsukia on Tuesday. Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was also present during the opening ceremony. The 15-day Mela is designed at mainstreaming tea garden workers in formal banking system.
The Mela shall cover 752 tea gardens across 26 districts in Assam; more than seven lakh tea garden workers will get incentives for opening bank accounts, post-demonetization, with each account getting Rs 2,500 within two weeks. Further, to encourage tea garden workers to continue operating their bank accounts, another Rs 2,500 shall be transferred after six months to each of the accounts which are kept active.
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Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that during 2018, the government will set up 100 High Schools in tea garden areas, along with 700 community halls.
Minister of state for Welfare of Tea Tribes Pallav Lochan Das, MPs Pradan Baruah and Rameswar Teli, MLAs Binod Hazarika, Sanjay Kishan, Chakra Gogoi, Deputy Commissioner Oinam Charan Singh among others were present on the occasion.