GUWAHATI, April 16 - The State government has accorded permission to the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) to restart their operations in a limited manner to conduct e-auctions of tea with effect from April 16. However, auction will resume at the centre from April 23.
This permission to resume operations was also accorded to related stakeholders as and when required with certain riders � registered tea warehouses in Guwahati city, registered tea auctioneers offices in Guwahati city, registered tea buyers offices, registered tea producers offices, registered transporter companies and registered courier offices.
The establishments will have to avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing and COVID-19 protocol.
The last auction was held at the GTAC on March 24.
Last year, the GTAC sold 195 million kilograms of tea. The State�s production last year stood at 655 million kilograms.
Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers Association secretary Dinesh Bihani said the government�s decision will help the seller members who want to sell their teas immediately at the GTAC because due to lockdown they were unable to open their factories. Recently, the tea industry has allowed them to resume operations and they have produced their teas and dispatched to GTAC.
�It will be helpful to reduce their cash crunch and solve their problem of cash liquidity to some extent,� Bihani said.