Center should step up to ease problems of tea workers
After settlement of tea workers’ wages and assurance for implementing Minimum Wages Act in tea plantation the north Bengal development minister Mr Gautam Deb today said the Central government should conduct in depth study to resolve the other issues of tea industry in this region.
Addressing the 86th annual general meeting of Terai Indian Planters’ Association (TIPA) Mr Deb said: “The state government with its limited capacity has done its bests for the sick and closed tea estates. The Tea Board, a Central government’s organisation, should look into the pre-sent problems of the tea Industry”
Minister for food processing and horticulture Mr Krishnendu Narayan Chou-dhury, addressing the meeting, suggested some methods to develop tea sector as well as tea tourism.
“Had the tea workers’ wage agreement inked on time relation between the workers and planters would have developed more,” Mr Choudhury said.
The TIPA chairman Mr KK Mintri said: “Total tea exports for 2014 have registered a decline of 19 million kg compared to corresponding period of 2013.