Assam government launches wage compensation scheme for pregnant women in tea gardens

Published Date - 12 October 2018 02:46:41 Updated Date - 12 October 2018 02:47:54

An amount of more than Rs 55 crore has been allotted in the State Health Budget for the financial year 2018-19 for this scheme which will benefit nearly 48,000 pregnant women every year.

The Assam government has launched Wage Compensation scheme for Pregnant Women in tea gardens of the state.   Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal formally launched the scheme in Guwahati in presence of Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other dignitaries. 

Under the scheme, an amount of Rs. 12,000 is to be given to the pregnant woman so that she could take care of herself and her unborn baby without compromising the livelihood of her family. 

Over 60,000 women are likely to be benefited.  The compensation of wages to pregnant women would be given in 4 instalments. The scheme is likely to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the tea growing areas.

The primary objective of this scheme for pregnant women is to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the tea growing areas.


  • Under scheme pregnant women will get Rs 12,000 for maternal care
  • Anaemia and diseases behind high maternal deaths in state
  • The compensation will be given to the woman in four installments

Assam Wage Compensation for Pregnant Tea Growers

The important features and highlights of this wage compensation scheme are as follows:-

  • The state govt. is going to ensure that all the pregnant tea growers gets better health and nutrition supplements. This scheme will lay emphasis on providing adequate healthcare facilities to the pregnant women working in the tea gardens.
  • An amount of Rs. 12,000 would be provided to pregnant women in tea gardens to enable her to take care of herself and unborn baby without compromising the livelihood of the family.
  • Compensation of wages will be provided in 4 quarterly installments – Rs. 2,000 in first quarter, Rs. 4,000 in second quarter, Rs. 3,000 in third quarter for institutional delivery and Rs. 3,000 in fourth quarter for registration of child birth.
  • Pregnant tea growers would also be able to get a maternity leave. These women are not required to engage in any kind of work in their 3rd trimester (quarter) of pregnancy and 4th quarter also (3 months after delivery).
  • All such pregnant women will also get assistance for ante-natal care and for 1st cycle of immunization of the child.
  • This wage compensation scheme will benefit 60,000 pregnant women and the main aim is to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR) and neonatal mortality rate in tea growing areas.

The state govt. has decided to launch this scheme because the maternal mortality rate of women in tea plantations of Assam is very high. In the annual health survey 2012-13, the state has one of the highest mortality rates. This includes around 300 maternal deaths per 1,00,000 live births. MMR in the state’s tea gardens was even higher and was recorded to be 404. National average for MMR during 2014-16 was recorded to be 130.

In addition to this, around 50% of pregnant women between 15 to 49 years of age are anaemic which contributes to higher maternal mortality. The bulk of workforce enrolled in tea growing areas of Assam is women.



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