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Tea Board�s NOCs to nine SHGs

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, March 15 � The Tea Board of India has issued no objection certificates to 9 self-help groups formed by the small tea growers for setting up tea factories. Ten other applications submitted to the Board for the purpose are under consideration, said Industries Minister Pradyut Bordoloi in a written reply to a question of Etowa Munda (Congress) in the State Assembly here on Thursday.

It needs mention here that each of these groups consists of 50 or more small tea growers.

The small tea growers are facing problems in mobilising the capital for setting up their factories. Usually, the financial institutions are not willing to provide loan for the purpose. The State Government is mounting pressure on the financial institutions to extend loan to the eligible small tea growers, the Minister said.

There are 68,465 individual small tea growers in the State as has been revealed during a preliminary survey conducted by the Industries Department. However, this survey covered only 14 districts, the Minister said.

The measures taken to ensure just price of green tea leaves include regular and surprise inspection of the bought tea leaf factories by the Tea Board to ensure fair price sharing formula.

The bought tea leaf factories are directed to display the buying prices of their green tea leaves and the market prices of such leaves. There is also an arrangement of review of the situation through meetings among the representatives of the district administration, tea planters and the Tea Board for the purpose of determining prices of green tea leaves.

The State received Rs 12.97 crore against tea cess in 2009-10, Rs 19.33 crore in 2010-11, Rs 22.66 crore in 2011-12 and thus a total amount of Rs 54.96 crore from tea cess.

The Finance Department has so far released an amount of Rs 15 crore from this tea cess amount. Of this amount, Rs 13.2 crore was released for the development of the small tea growers of the 12 districts of Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karbi Langpi, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri in 2011-12. Of the above amount of Rs 15 crore, Rs 1.8 crore has been earmarked for meeting the expenditure of the training of the small tea growers and administrative matters, said the Minister.

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Tea Board�s NOCs to nine SHGs

GUWAHATI, March 15 � The Tea Board of India has issued no objection certificates to 9 self-help groups formed by the small tea growers for setting up tea factories. Ten other applications submitted to the Board for the purpose are under consideration, said Industries Minister Pradyut Bordoloi in a written reply to a question of Etowa Munda (Congress) in the State Assembly here on Thursday.

It needs mention here that each of these groups consists of 50 or more small tea growers.

The small tea growers are facing problems in mobilising the capital for setting up their factories. Usually, the financial institutions are not willing to provide loan for the purpose. The State Government is mounting pressure on the financial institutions to extend loan to the eligible small tea growers, the Minister said.

There are 68,465 individual small tea growers in the State as has been revealed during a preliminary survey conducted by the Industries Department. However, this survey covered only 14 districts, the Minister said.

The measures taken to ensure just price of green tea leaves include regular and surprise inspection of the bought tea leaf factories by the Tea Board to ensure fair price sharing formula.

The bought tea leaf factories are directed to display the buying prices of their green tea leaves and the market prices of such leaves. There is also an arrangement of review of the situation through meetings among the representatives of the district administration, tea planters and the Tea Board for the purpose of determining prices of green tea leaves.

The State received Rs 12.97 crore against tea cess in 2009-10, Rs 19.33 crore in 2010-11, Rs 22.66 crore in 2011-12 and thus a total amount of Rs 54.96 crore from tea cess.

The Finance Department has so far released an amount of Rs 15 crore from this tea cess amount. Of this amount, Rs 13.2 crore was released for the development of the small tea growers of the 12 districts of Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Karbi Langpi, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri in 2011-12. Of the above amount of Rs 15 crore, Rs 1.8 crore has been earmarked for meeting the expenditure of the training of the small tea growers and administrative matters, said the Minister.

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