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Kamlesh Singh, director of DM Group of Companies, says, broadly big companies like TCPL, HUL and Goodrich are buyers of tea. They have fixed the same price for ten years. Tea prices are almost constant. Inflation is skyrocketing. Expenditure is increasing at the rate of 11 per cent annually. Meaning, the expenditure has increased by about two and a half to three times…

Most people don’t have a morning without tea. Whether rich or poor, tea is equally needed by everyone. But you will be surprised to know that ‘Tea’ is no longer included in the ‘Essential Commodities Act’. In 2012, it was taken out of the Essential Commodities Act. The government does not even consider ‘Tea Plantation’ as an agricultural product. Because of this, the minimum support price (MSP) is not available on the production of tea. Over the past decade, annual expenditure on tea production has increased by 11 per cent, while prices have increased by only 2-3 per cent. In such a situation, the ‘chai’ of the country is in crisis. Kamlesh Singh, director of DM Group of Companies, says that the employment of 1.25 crore people can end at any time. The tea business of 25 thousand crore rupees, has now been reduced to 17 thousand crore rupees. If the government does not come forward to help, then in future even ‘chai’ will not take long to distance itself from the people.

According to Kamlesh Singh, the situation in the tea garden has become such that the workers and other people engaged in this business have to pay salaries by selling the property. He said with a questioning tone, how long will this go on. Assam has 65% of the total tea gardens in the country. There are about 1050 tea gardens there. There are 250 plantations in West Bengal. South India also has more than a hundred plantations. The Government had issued the Tea Marketing Control ‘TMC’ order in 1984. Since then the plantation owners have to sell their produce only at ‘tea producing centres’. The tea plantations located in Assam, from where 750 million kg of tea is produced, are suffering huge economic losses.

Broadly speaking, big companies like TCPL, HUL and Goodrich are buyers of tea, he says. They have fixed the same price for ten years. As Kamlesh Singh, tea prices are almost constant. Inflation is skyrocketing. Expenditure is increasing at the rate of 11 per cent annually. Meaning, the expenditure has increased by about two and a half to three times. This is like making the people engaged in the work of tea production cry tears of blood. The country has pre-independence tea gardens. Many generations of workers have been engaged in this work. In such a situation, there has been an emotional relationship between the plantation owners and the workers. Some owners are such that they are not giving up the plantation despite losses.

Problems increased due to the implementation of GST

The central government has been requested dozens of times to include tea gardens in the agriculture sector. Had this been done, then like crops, ‘tea yield’ could also get ‘MSP’. Director of DM Group of Companies says, now GST has been implemented. Cannot dispatch goods if previous GST is not cleared. Everything is digital. The possibility of confusion is gone. If the government removes ‘TMC’, the buyers will be able to approach our gardens. The tea grower gets trapped by going to the bidding center. The damage is done, but the goods are not returned. Tea is also not included in the ‘Essential Commodities Act’. This industry is going into loss of 7-8 thousand crores every year.

Tea garden owners say that even if the government abolishes ‘TMC’, tea gardens can survive. Also, they should be included in the agriculture sector. Fix MSP. All this is not immediately sufficient for the circumstances prevailing in the present circumstances. The government should give a grant. At least Rs 4-5 crore per industry grant is required. If the tea industry in Assam gets financial help of five thousand crore rupees, then it will go ahead. If the government does not want to do this also, then it should get an interest free loan of Rs 4-5 crore per unit. This will create employment for crores of people. Kamlesh Singh says, keep in mind that now if the government does not do any of the above measures, then assume that tea gardens will not be visible in the country for a long time.

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Most people don’t have a morning without tea. Whether rich or poor, tea is equally needed by everyone. But you will be surprised to know that ‘Tea’ is no longer included in the ‘Essential Commodities Act’. In 2012, it was taken out of the Essential Commodities Act. The government does not even consider ‘Tea Plantation’ as an agricultural product. Because of this, the minimum support price (MSP) is not available on the production of tea. Over the past decade, annual expenditure on tea production has increased by 11 per cent, while prices have increased by only 2-3 per cent. In such a situation, the ‘chai’ of the country is in crisis. Kamlesh Singh, director of DM Group of Companies, says that the employment of 1.25 crore people can end at any time. The tea business of 25 thousand crore rupees, has now been reduced to 17 thousand crore rupees. If the government does not come forward to help, then in future even ‘chai’ will not take long to distance itself from the people.

According to Kamlesh Singh, the situation in the tea garden has become such that the workers and other people engaged in this business have to pay salaries by selling the property. He said with a questioning tone, how long will this go on. Assam has 65% of the total tea gardens in the country. There are about 1050 tea gardens there. There are 250 plantations in West Bengal. South India also has more than a hundred plantations. The Government had issued the Tea Marketing Control ‘TMC’ order in 1984. Since then the plantation owners have to sell their produce only at ‘tea producing centres’. The tea plantations located in Assam, from where 750 million kg of tea is produced, are suffering huge economic losses.

Broadly speaking, big companies like TCPL, HUL and Goodrich are buyers of tea, he says. They have fixed the same price for ten years. As Kamlesh Singh, tea prices are almost constant. Inflation is skyrocketing. Expenditure is increasing at the rate of 11 per cent annually. Meaning, the expenditure has increased by about two and a half to three times. This is like making the people engaged in the work of tea production cry tears of blood. The country has pre-independence tea gardens. Many generations of workers have been engaged in this work. In such a situation, there has been an emotional relationship between the plantation owners and the workers. Some owners are such that they are not giving up the plantation despite losses.

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