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Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Tea Gardens

Posted On: 10 JUL 2019 4:47PM by PIB Delhi

At present, there are 1585 number of established tea gardens in the country.  The names of the companies operating the tea gardens as per the Baseline Survey conducted in the year 2015 by the Tea Board is given in Annexure-1.  The details of total number of permanent /temporary workers state-wise as per the Baseline Survey conducted by the Tea Board in 2015 for the organized sector in the country is given in the following Table:

 

S.No

State

Permanent

Temporary

Total

1

Assam

400352

284302

684654

2

West Bengal

241144

96172

337316

3

Tripura

7953

5304

13257

4

Arunachal Pradesh

141

487

628

5

Sikkim

397

0

397

6

Meghalaya

19

125

144

7

Bihar

20

40

60

8

Himachal Pradesh

55

508

563

9

Mizoram

15

50

65

10

Uttarakhand

668

948

1616

11

Tamil Nadu

39311

10099

49410

12

Kerala

33534

7239

40773

13

Karnataka

2638

421

3059

 

All India

726247

405695

1131942

Source:  Tea Board

 

At present, 11 tea gardens are closed in the country. The main reasons for closure of these gardens are attributed to poor yield of the estates, ageing bush profile and high vacancy percentage in tea area, negligible uprooting / replanting of age old tea bushes for years, poor garden management practices, falling quality and price realizations, overall lack of development perspective, highly debt oriented funding strategy and ownership disputes.

The details indicating state-wise closed tea estates (T.E) and number of workers affected are given below:

 

Sl. No.

Name of the T.E

State/UT

No. of Workers affected

Permanent

Temporary

1

Dheklapara T.E

 

West Bengal

604

200 (Approx.)

2

Bundapani T.E

 

 

West Bengal

1215

68

3

Dharanipur T.E

 

West Bengal

357

450 (Approx.)

4

Redbank T.E

 

West Bengal

888

700 (Approx.)

5

Surendranagar T.E

West Bengal

301

150 (Approx.)

6

Madhu T.E

West Bengal

947

-

7.

Panighata

West Bengal

787

 -

8

Manabarrie

West Bengal

452

101

9.

M/s Peermade Tea Co. Ltd.-Peermade&Lonetree   T.E.

 

Kerala

220

 -

10.

M/s MMJ Plantations-Kottamala&Bonami  T.E

Kerala

 

375

 

-

11

Bonaccord

Kerala

220

 -

 

Total = 

6366

1669

Source:  Tea Board

 

The following steps have been taken by the Government for revival of the closed tea estates in the country:

(i)      The Dheklapara Tea Estate was officially liquidated by the Calcutta High Court. The garden was put up for e-auction by the Calcutta High Court (Official Liquidator) on 11th May, 2012, but no prospective buyer was available. The West Bengal Govt. has cancelled land lease in respect of Bundapani, Redbank, Dharanipur, Surendranagarand Madhu tea estates and taken possession of the land to find out new entrepreneur.

(ii)     A committee headed by the District Magistrates in North Bengal districts regularly monitors the welfare measures and different schemes introduced by the State government in the tea gardens.

 

(iii)   The Government of Kerala has constituted Plantation Workers’ Relief Fund in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Waynad and Idukki. The fund is utilized for the relief activities such as nutritious food, study materials, note books, school bags and umbrellas to the children of workersin the closed gardens of the State. Medical camps are being organised and financial assistance extended for the medical treatment of deadly diseases to the labourers.

 

The Tea Board under the Tea Development & Promotion Scheme is extending financial assistance to the small growers for uprooting and replanting, rejuvenation, pruning, irrigation, assistance to Self Help Groups (SHGs), field mechanization, assistance to Farmers’ Producers Organizations (FPOs), annual award for SHGs & FPOs, setting up of new factories by FPOs, setting up mini factories, workshop/training, development & promotion of organic farming and organic conversion.

 

Assistance provided by the Tea Board under the Tea Development & Promotion Scheme during the last three years and current year for the benefit of small tea growers is given below:

 

States

 

Years (Rs. In Lakh)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-2020

Assam

446.2

328.32

885.54

105.00

Tripura

17.33

29.24

133.93

0.23

Arunachal Pradesh

0.61

0.95

0.87

0.00

Nagaland

0.43

0.10

14.74

0.00

Meghalaya

0.5

0.72

6.22

0.00

Mizoram

9.67

98.60

19.43

0.00

Tamil Nadu

179.94

295.21

104.76

29.71

Kerala

74.54

406.44

117.91

2.81

Karnataka

0.00

0.13

0.00

0.00

West Bengal

48.16

55.61

578.51

30.44

Bihar

0.77

0.00

0.16

0.00

Himachal Pradesh

24.78

97.64

85.62

6.71

Uttarakhand

2.78

87.4

97.51

6.08

Total =

805.71

1400.36

2045.20

180.98

Source:  Tea Board

 

District Green Leaf Price Monitoring Committee (DGLPMC) has been notified in all tea growing districts of India under the chairmanship of District Collector/Deputy Commissioner to ensure remunerative prices for green leaf to the small teas growers.  The committee notifies Minimum Benchmark Price (MBP) every month by taking into consideration the average sale price of made tea for the previous month for all the factories located in the district.

 

The Tea Board was set up under section 4 of the Tea Act, 1953.  The Tea Board comprises of a Chairman and 31 members appointed by the Government of India, including the representatives of the major tea growing States, representatives of the Parliament and members representing different sections of the tea industry.  

 

The Head office of the Tea Board is located in Kolkata, West Bengal and there are two Zonal Offices, one each at Guwahati and Coonoor.  The Tea Board functions as an apex body concerned with overall development of the tea industry in India by providing necessary assistance for research and developmental activities aimed at increasing production, productivity and quality; facilitation of trade and promotion of exports so as to ensure maximum returns to the producers including small growers, safeguarding the interests of the workers and the consumers.

 

Welfare needs of plantation workers, including tea, are addressed through the provisions of the Plantation Labour Act which are implemented by the tea estates under the supervision of the state governments.  In addition, the Tea Board also undertakes several welfare activities which are supplemental in nature.  Such activities aimed at Human Resource Development (HRD) consists of measures for improving the health and hygiene of workers, education of wards of workers and imparting training for improvement of skills.

 

Funds provided under the Human Resource Development (HRD) during the last three years and the current year are given in the following table:

 

Year

Total (Rs. in crores)

2016-17

4.65

2017-18

5.22

2018-19

2.45

2019-20 (Upto30-6-2019)

Provisional

0.45

Total

12.77

            Source:  Tea Board

 

For the overall development of the tea industry, including tea growers, the Government of India, through Tea Board is implementing the Tea Development & Promotion Scheme.  Different nodal officers of the Tea Board are responsible implementation of the different components of the Scheme.  The Deputy Chairman, Tea Board periodically reviews the progress of implementation of the Scheme.  All the services for implementation of the various components of the scheme are provided through online e-governance mechanism and all payments are made through e-payment mode i.e. RTGS/NEFT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annexure-1

List of Tea Companies

S.NO.

COMPANY NAME

 

34

GONESHBARI TEA CO. PVT.LTD.

1

SIANG TEA & INDUSTRIES PVT LTD

 

35

JALLAN GOLAGHAT TEA CO PVT LTD

2

IRRINGMARA TEA CO (1951) LTD

 

36

GOBINDAPORE TEA CO. PVT LTD

3

SUBLIME AGRO LIMITED

 

37

BARAK VALLEY CEMENT LTD.

4

DOYAPORE TEA INDUSTRIES (P) LTD.

 

38

GOPAL KRISHNA TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

5

HASHMUKH.R.PATEL SRI HARISH. R. PATEL.

 

39

BURAGOHAIN AGRO ASSOCIATES

6

THE ASSAM TEA & TEASEED PLANTATIONS (P) LTD.

 

40

M.K.JOKAI AGRI PLANTATIONS PRIVATE LIMITED

7

THE GROB TEA CO. LTD.

 

41

DHUNSERI PETROCHEM & TEA LIMITED

8

GILLANDERS ARBUTHNOT & CO. LTD.

 

42

HARISHPUR TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

9

KANOI PLANTATIONS PVT. LTD.

 

43

MARUDHAR TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

10

ETHELWOLD ESTATE PRIVATE LIMITED

 

44

HANUMAN TEXNIT & INDUSTRIES LTD

11

CHOUDHURY TEA & AGRO INDUSTRIES PVT LTD

 

45

STEWART HOLL(INDIA) LTD

12

JALLAN FURKATING TEA COMPANY (PVT) LTD.

 

46

RUKMINI TEA INDISTRIES (P) LTD

13

B & A LTD.

 

47

APEEJAY TEA SURRENDRA CORPORATE SERVICE PVT. LTD.

14

BANSHIDHAR SEWBHAGOVAN & CO

 

48

KPC PLANTATIONS PVT LTD

15

GANGABARI TEA CO. PVT. LTD

 

49

ANDREW YULE & COMPANY LIMITED

16

THE BARAK TEA CMPANY LTD

 

50

HIAJULI TEA COMPANY LIMITED

17

DHUNSERI TEA & INDUSTRIES LIMITED

 

51

HOOGRAJULI (ASSAM) TEA CO. LTD.

18

THE AHMED TEA CO PVT LTD

 

52

GOODRICKE GROUP LIMITED

19

MCLEOD RUSSEL INDIA LIMITED

 

53

NANDLALL & SONS TEWA INDUSTRIES (P) LTD.

20

ROSSEL TEA LIMITED

 

54

JAINCO TEA (P) LTD

21

MOHEEMA LTD

 

55

JOONKTOLLEE TEA & INDUSTRIES LTD.

22

AMALGAMATED PLANTATIONS PRIVATE LIMITED

 

56

JALANNAGAR TEA ESTATE (P) LTD

23

ASSAM COMPANY INDIA LIMITED

 

57

SPBP TEA PLANTATION LTD.

24

THE BORMAHJAN TEA CO.(1936) LTD.

 

58

BHUMYA TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

25

AMRAWATI TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

 

59

SONTONZA CONSTRUCTION & CARRIERS PVT. LTD.

26

RYDAK SYNDICATE LIMITED

 

60

THE ALL INDIA TEA & TRADING CO LTD

27

THE CHAMONG TEA CO LTD

 

61

SHREE JAGADAMBA CO PVT. LTD

28

BIJOY KRISHNA SADHAN ASHRAM TRUST BOARD

 

62

KHEMANI TEA COMPANY PVT. LTD.

29

VISHNU TEA & INDUSTRIES PVT LTD

 

63

KUYKIS LTD.

30

BAGASA PLANTATION PVT LTD

 

64

ASSAM TEA CORPORATION LIMITED

31

WARREN TEA LIMITED

 

65

SURMA TEA & AGRO INDUSTRIES

32

RUNGAMATTEE TEA & INDUSTRIES LTD

 

66

SONAI RIVER TEA CO. LTD.

33

M K SHAH EXPORTS LIMITED

 

67

DHELAKHAT TEA CO. LTD

68

DHONESWARI WOOD PRODUCTS LTD

 

102

NIDHI PACKERSPVT LTD

69

NORTHERN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

 

103

RUKONG TEA ESTATE PVT LTD

70

MODINAGAR TEA CO. (P) LTD

 

104

THE JOREHAUT GROUP LIMITED

71

LUXMI TEA CO.LTD.

 

105

RUTTONPORE PLANTATIONS PVT.LTD.

72

MUKTABARI TEA ESTATES PVY. LTD.

 

106

SAROJINI TEA CO. (P) LTD.

73

BOCHAPATHAR TEA ESTATE  PRIVATE  LTD.

 

107

SALONAH TEA ESTATE (P) LTD.

74

NAHORBARI TEA COMPANY PVT. LTD.

 

108

SAPOI TEA COMPANY LIMITED

75

NAWKA TEA PLANTATIONS

 

109

SANKAR TEA CO PVT LTD

76

NAHORJAN TEA CO. (PVT) LTD

 

110

SENGAJAN TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

77

NARSINGPORE TEA CO LTD

 

111

BASANTIPUR TEA CO LTD

78

NARAYANPUR TEA CO.(P) LTD.

 

112

SECONEE T.E PVT. LTD

79

NAMBURNADI TEA CO. LTD.

 

113

MAUD TEA & SEED CO. LTD.

80

MADARKHAT TEA CO PVT LTD

 

114

KAMAL TEA INDUSTRIES LTD.

81

SADASIVA TEA CO PVT LTD

 

115

ASSAM DAIRY FARM

82

KYANG TEA SEED CO. LTD.

 

116

TONGANI TEA CO LTD

83

BORNEWRIA TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

 

117

TOCKLAI EXPERIMENTAL STATION

84

NEW MANAS TEA ESTATES PVT LTD

 

118

MONABARI TEA CO. LTD.

85

NOORBARI TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

 

119

TONGANAGAON TEA CO PVT LTD

86

PORAPKAR DEALERS PVT.LTD  

 

120

TULIP TEA CO. LTD.

87

PADAM PLANTATIONS PVT LTD

 

121

H.P.BARUA TEA ESTATES (P)LTD.

88

MANTRI TEA COMPANY PRIVATE LTD

 

122

KATILCHERRA KHANDSARI SUGAR MILLS

89

BENGAL TEA & FABRICS LTD.

 

123

UMABARI TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

90

PANBARI TEA COMPANY LIMITED

 

124

CACHAR NATIVE GOINT STOCK CO.LTD

91

PULSAR COMMERCE PRIVATE LTD

 

125

KHETAN KRISHI FARM

92

HANUMAN PLANTATION LIMITED

 

126

MOKALBARI KANOI TEA ESTATE (P) LTD

93

JOREHAUT GROUP LIMITED

 

127

MADHUTING TEA PVT LTD

94

MADHUPUR TEA ESTATE PVT.LTD.

 

128

AGARWALLA AGRICULTURAL CO (P) LTD

95

THENGALBARI ESTATES PVT LTD

 

129

BIJULI TEA PVT. LTD.

96

RANGSALI TEA COMPANY PVT. LTD.

 

130

KAKADONGA T.E.S. PVT LTD

97

RABBANIA TEA CO(P) LTD

 

131

KAMALPUR (ASSAM) T.E. (P) LTD.

98

RAJARAMPORE TEA& INDUSTRIES (P) LTD.

 

132

GUPTU & CO (P) LTD

99

BEMOLAPUR TEA COMPANY PVT LTD

 

133

GROB TEA CO LTD

100

PRITHUNAGAR TEA CO. (P) LTD.

 

134

KALYANI TEA CO LTD

101

PURANIMATI PLANTATION PRIVATE LTD

 

135

FARMEX TEA CO. PVT. LTD.

           

 

 

 

136

KOOMBER TEA CO. PVT LTD

 

170

A SHAH AND S SHAH

137

SHRI RAM TEA COMPANY PRIVATE LIMITED

 

171

SHREE KRISHNA TEA CO PVT LTD

138

BUNI DOOARS TEA CO. LTD

 

172

AMBICA TEA ESTATE

139

KOLKATA TEA COMPANY

 

173

BAJRANGPUR TEA CO. (P) LTD

140

KOLONY TEA ESTATE PVT LTD

 

174

GOUR NITYA TEA CO INDUS. LTD

141

ENVER PLANTATIONS PVT. LTD.

 

175

BAGRODIA CHAI PVT.LTD.

142

DARSHANLAL ANAND PRAKASH & SONS PVT LTD

 

176

JALAN CHARITY TRUST

143

KRISHNAKALI TEA ESTATE UNIT OF RADHARANI T.E.

 

177

SINGHI INDUSTRIES PVT LTD

144

LALLAMUKH TEA CO. PVT. LTD

 

178

BANWARIPUR T.E.

145

HATIGARH ASSOCIATES

 

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