Darjeeling,: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today set a deadline of March 31 for tea planters in Darjeeling to come up with a decision on the party’s demand for a hike in workers’ wages.
The Morcha has been enforcing an embargo on the dispatch of the first flush of Darjeeling tea since March 4 to fulfil a charter of demands, including an increase in the wages from Rs 67 to Rs 120-150.
“We have set a deadline of March 31 for the planters to come up with a decision as the present wage agreement expires on that day. Till then, the embargo on the movement of made-tea from the Darjeeling gardens will be in force,” said Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the spokesperson for the Morcha.
The ultimatum came after no breakthrough could be achieved at a meeting between the Morcha and the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations — an apex body of all tea producers’ bodies in India — here today. The planters said it would be difficult to honour the deadline and no deal could be inked separately from Dooars and Terai gardens.Courtesy:TheTelegraph.