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Tocklai nationalisation on cards

By Correspondent

JORHAT, Sept 7 � Union Minister of DoNER and Mines B K Handique assured that the Tocklai Experimental Station (TES) would be nationalised within its centenary year. This was revealed in a press release from Loknath Saikia, Secretary, Tocklai Employees� Union (TEU).

The release stated that at a meeting held at DRDA Conference Hall, Jorhat, the Union Minister revealed that Union Ministry for Commerce and Industries had already started the required process for the nationalistion of the institute.

At a function held at Hotel Taj in Delhi organised in connection with the celebration of the centenery year of TES in May this year, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sarma announced that the century old institute would be nationalised within a short span of time. In this context, Handique yesterday revealed that the administrative infrastructure of the institute would undergo a radical change as soon as it is nationalised. The institute would be taken under direct supervision of the Government of India with an IAS officer as the head of the institute.

Syamal Prasad Barua, president, TEU in his speech said that if the cess of 50 paisa is imposed on per kilogram of tea, a large amount would remain as surplus even after meeting the budget of both Tea Research Association and United Planters� Association of South India (UPASI).

Rana Goswami, adviser of TEU, R C Jain, Jorhat DC and the office holders of TEU were present in yesterday�s meeting.

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