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Title: Vulnerbility of the tea garden workers in a lock out situation
Authors: Lakra, Simpy Reinisha
Keywords: Mouleshri Vyas
School of Social Work
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Tata Institute Of Social Sciences
Abstract: The tea industry of India is going through a major crisls. Tea gardens in India experienced closures and abandonment especially during the years 2002-2004 in the Dooars and Terai region of West Bengal and other tea growing regions like Kerala, Assam and Tamil Nadu with a lesser magnitude. Tea estate workers, from the very beginning are dependent on the estate management for food, drinking water, housing, health. and other basic facilities. With the closure and abandoning of the tea estates, there is no work, no wages, no electricity and no water available for the workers. Housing. which is already in poor condition, is further deteriorating and sanitation has broken down. These problems have compounded with existing social problems - particularly non-compliance to labour legislation that already characterizes the industry. The impact of loss of work on these already poor workers is so severe that many are facing starvation. For the affected workers there are few alternatives. While the children have stopped going to school, the women are migrating to cities in search of illusive jobs. Some others survive by crushing stones r by collecting wild fruits and vegetables. Poor food and water has led to the deaths of over 350 people in four tea states of Dooars region in six months in the year 2003. Similarly, there are more than 12 cases of starvation deaths and suicides reported from Kerala. Since all the estate hospitals have closed down there is o medical help available to the workers. Most of the male workers are abandoning their families and leaving in search for alternative jobs to far off places. rendering the women with their children helpless in the plantations.
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