JORHAT, Dec 29 � �The days of honouring tea garden owners by the tea garden workers as �mai-baap� (parents) have gone. It is the time to realize and acknowledge the healthy relationship among the management, employee and workers as the partners of the tea industry�, said Minister of DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar at the 31st biennial general meeting of Tea Association of India (TAI) held at Gymkhana Club this afternoon.
Ghatowar said the age-old concept of master and slave between the owners and the workers should be changed. The people of the country are the real owners of the tea gardens. He also was of the opinion that the tea industry should retrospect and adopt required policy to avoid incidents like chashes between workers and owners of the gardens which have become quite frequent in recent times.
Talking about the issue of giving recognition to tea as a national drink, Ghatowar said that tea has unofficially acquired the title due to the multitudes taking it as their favourite beverage. It is the cheapest drink in the world for which it attracts people. The medicinal properties of tea have made it popular than any other chemical drink in recent times.
Ghatowar said the tea industry should put in much effort to boost research and development activities. �Earlier the machinery used in tea cultivation was made in Assam. But due to mismanagement, such industries are on the verge of extinction�, said Ghatowar.