In news papers and in TV news channel we came to know that hundreds of tea garden workers in north Bengal are reeling under severe crisis like rampant starvation, extreme malnutrition and related diseases. The distressed situation has reached to such a point after three and half years of neglect that the people are bound to face this severe situation. The owners are allowed to loot and flee. But starvation deaths have not occurred in privately-owned estates only, but even in the gardens taken over by the government.
In this situation the Sangha sent two sisters and one G.B. member for 4 days (29th December 2015 to 1st January 2016 ) to observe the real situation prevailing in the tea-gardens at Birpara, Dimdima near Dalgaon Railway station and to provide food, medicine and blankets to the tea-garden workers. 300 blankets were purchased from Siliguri, carried to Dalgaon station and with the help of local people the blankets were given to the people who were reeling under severe condition. In one primary school inside Birpara tea garden 200 village people were served food. The Head Master, teachers and also few local people helped us a lot in serving food. There was one Govt. hospital inside the Birpara Tea-garden under Duncan Group which was lacking medicines to offer to the tea-garden workers. The sisters talked to the local people, doctors, and nurses and came to know about the mismanagement and scanty facilities in the hospital for the treatment of the tea garden inhabitants. From Kolkata itself the medicines have been carried to New Alipurduar which the sisters and brothers have purchased and collected from different places and Doctors.
Although this aid was too meagre in respect of the necessity still we find ourselves very fortunate to be able to stand beside those people who are forced to live a meagre life.