JORHAT, July 23 - Alleging misappropriation of public money by a section of senior officials of Assam Tea Corporation (ATC) and their inappropriate decision to appoint some non-performing managerial-staffs in many of their tea gardens, BJP�s Tea Morcha appealed the State Government to launch a probe into the case which had already caused negative impacts in crop production at several gardens as well as causing disappointment in the minds of several �responsible employees� of ATC gardens.
After submitting a letter to the State Industry Minister, Tea Morcha�s general secretary Dulen Nayak said that a section of top-officials of the State Government�s corporation resorted to unfair practice of nepotism to appoint some non-performing managers in senior positions which deprived many eligible managerial-staffs and other employees of their due promotion in several ATC gardens.
�Besides, misappropriation of funds in payment for CFM, weigh-bridge, leth machine delayed the necessary works. We have mentioned the names of some senior officials in our petition which have been submitted to the Industry Minister for appropriate action,� said Dulen Nayak.
He also alleged that practices of favouritism in appointment process will deteriorate the economic conditions of the ailing ATC gardens as well as demoralising several hardworking-staffs in near future if the State Government does not take immediate steps to stop it.
Though the tea gardens were supposed to show good quantity of crop-production in the peak-season of this year many ATC gardens like Naginijan, Chinnamora, Misamora tea gardens remained lagging behind thousand quintals of green-leaf which will definitely create a negative impact in the overall production of the corporation, he said.
He also appealed the State Government to compel the ATC authority to take necessary advises from the Jorhat based Tocklai Tea Research Institute to apply scientific methods of plantation and to reduce the pesticides-residues in the gardens to produce quality leaf for future economic profit.