GUWAHATI, Feb 15 � The e-auction project of the Tea Board of India has earned laurels for the Board. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has awarded Tea Board of India with the National Awards on e-governance for the year 2010-11 under the seventh category of awards, namely, �Specific Sectoral Award: Focus Sector � Agriculture� in relation to �e-auction project for tea�.
The award is aimed at according recognition to the achievements made by the organisations or institutions in the area of e-Governance, to disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives, to encourage horizontal transfer of successful e-Governance solutions and to promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.
It needs mention here that altogether six tea auction centres of the country are now selling bulk tea through e-auction, bringing an end to the country�s about 150-year-old manual tea auction system. Following the success of the e-auction system, the Tea Board has now asked the NSE.IT Ltd to design an e-auction system for the tea wastes. Besides, packaged and bulk teas are also being sold through a new e-auction platform by the end of 2011.