Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association seeks immediate aid for Moina Nayak

DIBRUGARH: The Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association (ATTSA) on Monday gheraoed the office of Senior Inspector of Factories in Dibrugarh seeking compensation for 24-year-old Moina Nayak, who injured herself at Lapetakata tea factory. The activist of ATTSA holding placards and banners gheraoed the office of Senior Inspector of Factories for an hour demanding compensation and aid for Moina Nayak.

They raised slogans against the government and management of Lapetakata tea factory. Speaking to The Sentinel, Lakhindra Kurmi, Dibrugarh, ATTSA secretary said, "As an immediate aid, Rs 13 lakh should be given to Moina Nayak by the management of Laxmi Tea company who owns the Lapetkatta tea factory. The Labour department directed the management of the tea company to provide Rs 13 lakh to Moina Nayak as an immediate relief but it seems that the tea management is not giving any heed to the direction of the Labour department."

"The Labour Welfare Minister Sanjay Kishan has failed miserably as a Labour Minister of Assam. He didn't have any voice to raise against the wrong doings. It was clear that the Laptaketta tea management didn't care the direction of the government. Due to the negligence of the tea management the untoward incident happened," Kurmi alleged. On July 19, tea worker Moina Nayak was seriously injured while working at Lapetkata tea factory in Dibrugarh when her hair got stuck in the CTC (cut,tear, curl) machine. The Assam Labour welfare Department had suspended senior inspector of Factories Dinesh Chandra Roy for negligence in duty after tea worker Moina Nayak injured herself during her work. Maina Nayak has been under treatment at GMCH in Guwahati and doctors are constantly monitoring her condition.