§ 67. Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the average monthly wages of men, women, and children in the Assam tea plantations during the years 1920–21 and 1925–26, respectively?
§ Earl WINTERTON
The average monthly wages of men in the Assam Valley Plantations increased from Rs.9 8a. in 1920–21 to Rs.12 8a. in 1925–26. The wages of women increased from Rs.8 la. to Rs.10 1a., and of children from Rs.5 la. to Rs.5 12a. In the Surma Valley the wages of men increased from Rs.7 10a. to Rs.9 12a., of women from Rs.6 2a. to Rs.7 14a., and of children from Rs.3 14a. to Rs. 5. As the figures for 1920–1921 include, whilst those for 1925–26 exclude, diet and subsistence allowances, the increase in cash earnings is greater than the figures indicate.