Power supply for North Bengal tea gardens

Bengal power and labour minister Mrinal Banerjee today said his department would prioritise the work of giving domestic connection to workers in the tea gardens of north Bengal.

Banerjee, who met officials of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, planters and trade union representatives here today, said his department would review the progress every month.

“The garden managements have been asked to collect applications from the workers after consulting the trade unions. The power company has also been instructed to give connection to every household soon,” he said after the meeting.

Earlier, bulk power was given to the management which in turn distributed it to workers’ quarters. Now each labourer will get connection for Rs 206. The total cost for electrification is Rs 621 per household. The management will bear the rest. Domestic power connections to workers’ have been given to only seven tea gardens in the region out of 300-odd estates.

Source: The Telegraph