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Small tea growers seek bank payment

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Dec 9 - Endorsing the government�s move to push for cashless economy through digital transactions, the small tea growers have desired that the payment of the green tea leaves price should also be made into the bank accounts of the growers and not through any middleman or agent, who collect leaves and supply to the factories.

The small tea growers have urged upon the government to arrange their payment directly to their bank accounts and said that the commission or transportation charges payable to the agent or supplier be made separately by the green tea leaf purchasing factories. Rohit Borgohain, general secretary of the All Assam Small Tea Growers� Association (AASTGA) told The Assam Tribune that the actual price of the green tea leaves per kilogram paid by the tea factories are unknown to the small growers as the money is collected by the agents and other suppliers.

Borgohain said that the small tea growers� body has also placed a demand for improvement of the infrastructure system in the tea auction marketing. They have asked the government that the marketing (both sellers and buyers) be made cent per cent through the auction market so that all business transactions are transparent and in public domain.

The small tea growers� body has also communicated their grievances and suggestions to the officials of M/S KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited, which is carrying out an �evaluation of the Tea Development & Promotion Scheme of the XII Plan of Tea Board of India. The M/S KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited has been asked to interact with the Producers� Associations and other stakeholders and also to carry out visits to beneficiary tea gardens for the evaluation and submit report with recommendations to the Tea Board.

Borgohain said that the representatives of the growers apprised the authorised company of their problems. The AASTGA leaders further demanded a full fledged Directorate office for the growth and welfare of the small tea growers. The Small Tea Growers Development Directorate was set up in 2012 in Amollapatty here with an objective to serve the small tea growers through reach out programmes has remained to be a non-functional ornamental organisation, the association alleged.

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Small tea growers seek bank payment

DIBRUGARH, Dec 9 - Endorsing the government�s move to push for cashless economy through digital transactions, the small tea growers have desired that the payment of the green tea leaves price should also be made into the bank accounts of the growers and not through any middleman or agent, who collect leaves and supply to the factories.

The small tea growers have urged upon the government to arrange their payment directly to their bank accounts and said that the commission or transportation charges payable to the agent or supplier be made separately by the green tea leaf purchasing factories. Rohit Borgohain, general secretary of the All Assam Small Tea Growers� Association (AASTGA) told The Assam Tribune that the actual price of the green tea leaves per kilogram paid by the tea factories are unknown to the small growers as the money is collected by the agents and other suppliers.

Borgohain said that the small tea growers� body has also placed a demand for improvement of the infrastructure system in the tea auction marketing. They have asked the government that the marketing (both sellers and buyers) be made cent per cent through the auction market so that all business transactions are transparent and in public domain.

The small tea growers� body has also communicated their grievances and suggestions to the officials of M/S KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited, which is carrying out an �evaluation of the Tea Development & Promotion Scheme of the XII Plan of Tea Board of India. The M/S KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited has been asked to interact with the Producers� Associations and other stakeholders and also to carry out visits to beneficiary tea gardens for the evaluation and submit report with recommendations to the Tea Board.

Borgohain said that the representatives of the growers apprised the authorised company of their problems. The AASTGA leaders further demanded a full fledged Directorate office for the growth and welfare of the small tea growers. The Small Tea Growers Development Directorate was set up in 2012 in Amollapatty here with an objective to serve the small tea growers through reach out programmes has remained to be a non-functional ornamental organisation, the association alleged.

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