GUWAHATI, Oct 13 � The National Front of Indian Trade Union (NFITU) has demanded of the Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to dismantle the Tea Board and form a full-fledged Tea Ministry in lieu of it.
Israel Nanda, vice president, NFITU, also said that the head offices of all the major tea companies must be shifted to Assam for the betterment of the industry.
�The Tea Board is operating just for the sake of it. Once the Ministry is formed, the issues would find due attention,� said Israel Nanda in view of the Union Minister�s visit to the State.
He went on to demand that since the plight of tea workers is getting bad to worse, special focus is due to the sector for years � more so when it comes to incorporating the provision of providing quality education by setting up Central schools in tea gardens.
�It is one of the few industries where 10 lakh workers are engaged at any given time,� said Israel Nanda, who is also the general secretary of the Assam Tea Labour Union.