Tea Board proposes Rs 100 crore package for Darjeeling gardens
Kolkata: The Tea Board has submitted a Rs 100-crore package proposal to the Centre for the Darjeeling tea industry, which is readying restart of operations after the prolonged shutdown in the Hills.
The Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA), however, had sought a much higher package to compensate for the revenue loss and for payments to workers till the start of next production.
"We have submitted a Rs 100-crore package proposal to the commerce ministry for helping the crisis-ridden Darjeeling tea industry, which had faced total production loss during the shutdown period," Tea Board Chairman P K Bezbaruah said.
The money sought is to prune the overgrown tea bushes, he said.
Bezbaruah, however, said it would be not possible for the government to reimburse the losses of the 87-odd tea gardens of Darjeeling.
"In Dooars and South India, small growers are being hit the hardest due to fall in green leaf prices. They are being paid
only carrying cost (diesel) prices of green leaf to the factories," he said.