Medical seat quota for tea tribes in Assam

Medical seat quota for tea tribes in Assam

GUWAHATI [Maha Media]: The Assam Cabinet approved the reservation of seats in the State-run medical colleges on November 4 for students from the "tea tribes" community. The state has eight Government medical colleges. 

"Seats for MBBS and BDS [Bachelor of Dental Surgery] reserved for the tea garden communities have been proportionately divided between the Brahmaputra Valley and the Barak Valley," Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. 

The Cabinet decided to reserve 24 MBBS and three BDS seats for the tea garden community working across 803 major tea estates and numerous small tea gardens. Eighteen seats have been reserved for the Brahmaputra Valley students of the community and the remaining six have been reserved for the Barak Valley. Meanwhile, two BDS seats are for the Brahmaputra Valley and one for the Barak Valley.

The tribes associated with tea plantations are considered a major vote bank that swung from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The state has more than 10 lakh tea workers in the organised sector working in approximately 856 tea estates producing around 55 per cent of tea in India. Earlier in May, the state government had opted to hike the daily wage of tea workers by Rs 38.

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