26 September 2012
Kolkata: To secure better working conditions for
plantation workers, the Tea Board has approved a proposal to provide
subsidies for drinking water schemes and rainwater harvesting projects.
its 220th board meeting held on Tuesday, the Board, which functions
under the Union Ministry of Commerce, granted 40 per cent subsidy on
capital investment for piped and metered drinking water schemes and 70
per cent subsidy for rainwater harvesting projects and storage tanks.
pilot project for supply of filtered drinking water to individual
households of tea garden workers in Sonitpur district of Assam has also
been approved, a communique from the statutory body said.
order to encourage overseas buyers to use registered marks for teas of
Indian origin and also to popularise these logos among consumers abroad,
the board has decided to waive off a part of user fees for India Tea,
Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri and other such logos.
chairman M G V K Bhanu said, "All companies using our logos should be
made to conform to strict quality standards. We are working towards
ensuring strict compliance of these logos so that buyers overseas can
distinguish our logos as the hallmark of quality Indian tea".
board also approved proposals to provide better academic opportunities
to the children of tea garden workers in the form of educational
stipends, book grants, coaching and hostel fees for entry at
IIT/IIM/Civil Services, provision of bicycles for girl students
attending higher secondary schools, the communique added.