Tea plantation workers to get free sugar from March-end

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Guwahati: If everything goes as planned then each family of tea garden labourers in Assam will get two kg of sugar free of cost per month from March end. The information was shared by Phani Bhusan Choudhury, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister.

The decision has been taken by the government to help them to give up the habit of salt intake along with tea which is injurious for health, he said.

According to the Choudhury, “The tender has already been sought and opened for the supply of sugar by the Food and Civil Supplies department, and the work order will be issued by January-end or the first half of February. Rs 46 crore has been allocated in the annual budget for this scheme.”

Around six lakh tea garden workers in the state will be benefitted by the Assam government’s ‘Free Sugar’ scheme. Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had asked the officials to convey the message to the concerned beneficiaries as the state government strive to fulfill their nutritional requirements that they lack in their diet.

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