Assam Tea School Student Association (ATTSA) opposes OIL bid to acquire land for Balijan Tea Garden
DIBRUGARH: The Assam Tea School Student Association (ATTSA) strongly opposed Oil India’s bid to procure land for the gardens of the Balijan Tea Garden to set up an oil field.
On Thursday, ATTSA protested at Balijan Tea Garden against Oil India’s bid to raise more than 19 biga garden land to set up an oil field.
Talking to Sentinel, the secretary of the ATTSA organization in the Dibrugarh district, Ramen Kanda said: Workers’ livelihoods have depended on tea plantations. ”
He said, “Previously, in 2012, OIL acquired 26 Viga’s Balijan Tea Garden for the installation of an oil field. Oil India guaranteed us a lot, but did not meet our requirements. Now, OIL is trying to acquire the garden again. It will acquire the land for the same purpose. It strongly protests the land acquisition process of Oil India Ltd. ”
Meanwhile, on May 11, ATTSA submitted a memorandum of understanding to Vice-Chairman Dibrugarh Biswajit Pegu. “I talked with the garden owner about this and said that the garden was facing problems to keep it running smoothly, so I decided to sell some of the garden’s land to OIL. I did, “said Mr. Kanda.
Kanda added, “When the land in the garden is sold to oil, the workers involved in the tea plantation will face problems in running their families. More than 2,000 workers are involved in the garden. I added.