State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has formed the Expert Committee to end the problems of tea gardens from the roots. This committee will be monitored under the supervision of the Chief Secretary. This committee will submit its report within three months to the state government. The Chief Minister gave this information to journalists on Thursday after the meeting convened on the tea garden issue in the mini secretariat Uttarkanya.
She said that the Expert Committee has been constituted keeping in view of pacifying the problems of tea plantation as soon as possible. She said that the closed tea gardens will be opened as soon as possible. She said that in the last decade, tea workers used to get Rs 67, which has been increased to Rs 157 after 2011.
The Chief Minister said that after 2011 the state government has spent thousands of crores of rupees on tea gardens till now. She said that there are 2 lakh 72 thousand workers in the tea plantation whereas there are eight lakh families. The Government is also considering providing self-employment through skill development of the members.