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Tea Board to discuss National Drink issue

By Ajit Patowary

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 � The Tea Board of India will discuss the issue of according National Drink status to tea at its board meeting to be held on December 29.

Disclosing this, sources in the Tea Board told this newspaper that subject to the approval of the board, the matter will be placed before the Central Government.

It needs mention here that the tea industry of the country has been pleading for National Drink status to tea to promote its prospects. The suggestion to declare tea as the National Drink was first made by the two-day stakeholders� conference organised by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry on September 16 and 17, 2004 in the wake of the crisis that gripped the country�s tea industry.

This recommendation of the conference was later echoed by the tea planters� body North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) and in course of time it created quite a stir in the country.

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam supported this plea of the tea industry and made an appeal to the Government to go for an official announcement to this effect. He said, �It will not be an exaggeration if tea is declared National Drink of India,� while inaugurating the three-day World Tea Science Congress at Tocklai Experimental Station on November 22 last.

At the same function Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi declared tea as the State Drink of Assam.

Chairman, Tea Research Association DP Maheswari had earlier made an appeal, at the same function, to recognise tea as the State Drink of Assam and the National Drink of India.

The Tea Association of India (TAI) at its last annual general meeting sometime back, demanded tea to be elevated to the status of the country�s National Drink. DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar was present on the occasion as the chief guest.

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Tea Board to discuss National Drink issue

GUWAHATI, Dec 17 � The Tea Board of India will discuss the issue of according National Drink status to tea at its board meeting to be held on December 29.

Disclosing this, sources in the Tea Board told this newspaper that subject to the approval of the board, the matter will be placed before the Central Government.

It needs mention here that the tea industry of the country has been pleading for National Drink status to tea to promote its prospects. The suggestion to declare tea as the National Drink was first made by the two-day stakeholders� conference organised by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry on September 16 and 17, 2004 in the wake of the crisis that gripped the country�s tea industry.

This recommendation of the conference was later echoed by the tea planters� body North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) and in course of time it created quite a stir in the country.

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam supported this plea of the tea industry and made an appeal to the Government to go for an official announcement to this effect. He said, �It will not be an exaggeration if tea is declared National Drink of India,� while inaugurating the three-day World Tea Science Congress at Tocklai Experimental Station on November 22 last.

At the same function Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi declared tea as the State Drink of Assam.

Chairman, Tea Research Association DP Maheswari had earlier made an appeal, at the same function, to recognise tea as the State Drink of Assam and the National Drink of India.

The Tea Association of India (TAI) at its last annual general meeting sometime back, demanded tea to be elevated to the status of the country�s National Drink. DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar was present on the occasion as the chief guest.

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