Plantation Agriculture – RISPC, Tea Act, etc.

West Bengal tea units hail new Bill


Key Points:

  1. West Bengal, leading tea producer after Assam, has proposed a bill that envisages setting up a Rs. 100 crore fund.
  2. Fund can be utilised for providing interest subvention, scholarship to children of tea garden employees and for sick or closed gardens.
  3. WB’s 3 tea regions — Darjeeling, Terai and Doors — account for a quarter of India’s 1,100-odd million kg tea crop.
  4. For the first time the State has offered to partner the industry in respect of the social welfare cost, which under Plantation Labour Act (PLA), 1951 is required to provide certain amenities to workers.

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