The West Bengal Government on Thursday announced that it would allow the tea industry to resume operations with a maximum of 15 percent workforce so that social-distancing norms are adhered to.
The decision was announced at a meeting with industry associations and trade bodies at Nabanna on Thursday. A formal notification consisting of all details in this regard will be issued soon.
The Centre has been urging West Bengal to reopen tea gardens. Banerjee earlier rejected the proposal on the ground that COVID-19 cases were being reported from different districts of North Bengal, where all the tea gardens are located.
On the financial relief measures sought by certain sections of the industry, Banerjee said, “Our hands are tied. We have to repay a large amount every year towards central government loans. It is not possible to give any concession like relief on electricity duty.” Such concessions can only be provided by the Centre, she added.