Bengal tea industry sees ray of hope in minister’s visit

The state has made global headlines with reports of ‘starvation deaths’ in the gardens in North Bengal.

  1. The state, which has in its fold the famed Darjeeling brand, has since last year, made international headlines with reports of ‘starvation deaths’ in the gardens in North Bengal.
  2. Talks with a cross-section of the industry revealed, that the minister has accepted the need to examine Plantation Labour Act.
  3. The possibility of asking workers to accept a minimum wage structure that encompasses the benefits now being extended, to the workers under the PLA.
  4. As per latest statistics between Jan and Oct 2015 production in West Bengal is lower at 274 million kgs compared to a year ago figure.
  5. The issue of high-costs is plaguing the organised industry throughout the tea producing regions in Assam, West Bengal and the South.
Plantation Agriculture – RISPC, Tea Act, etc.
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