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PM Hasina: Tea workers always cast vote for Awami League

Representatives of tea workers from Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sylhet and Chittagong joined the conference

Update : 03 Sep 2022, 08:18 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that tea workers always cast their vote for Awami League.

She made the remark while addressing tea workers in different areas of the country through video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Representatives of tea workers from Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Sylhet and Chittagong joined the conference.

“I have a separate responsibility to you (tea workers) as the Father of the Nation had given you the citizenship. I am always trying to perform the responsibilities accordingly,” Sheikh Hasina said.

“Since the Awami League assumed office, we have always been trying to resolve all the problems of the tea workers and to spread the tea industry (to other parts of the country),” she said, adding that they have started tea cultivation afresh in Panchagar.

In this connection, the Prime Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken various measures for the flourishing of the industry and to ensure a better life for the tea workers when he (Bangabandhu) was entrusted with the responsibilities of the chairman of the then tea board.

She said Bangabandhu had established headquarters of the tea board in Motijheel alongside taking measures to flourish the tea industry and gave the tea workers citizenship and voting rights as he had sympathy towards them.

Following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, the Premier said she has always attached priorities to the well-being of the tea workers.

Referring to recent demonstrations of the tea workers, she said they had given a hike in their daily wages and other benefits so that they could live properly after holding talks with the tea garden owners.

"We think that we can realise their (tea workers') demands," she said.

Earlier on Saturday last, the Prime Minister held a meeting with owners of tea gardens where the minimum daily wage for a tea worker was fixed at  Tk 170.

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