ALL PARTY DELEGATION OF ASSAM MEETS MARAN
Date : 29 Apr 2002
Location : New Delhi
A high-level delegation of all parties from the State of Assam called on Shri Murasoli Maran, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, here today and submitted a memorandum listing out the problems of tea industry. The delegation requested shifting of the Head Offices of the tea companies from Kolkata to Assam as also shifting of the office of Tea Board of India from Kolkata to Guwahati. The Assam Legislative Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution on April 2, 2002 reiterating this demand. The 17-member delegation was led by Shri Prithibi Majhi, Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, which included 3 Ministers and 14 MLAs. Shri Dipak Chatterjee, Commerce Secretary; Shri V. Govindarajan, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion; and Shri L.V. Saptharishi, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce were present at the meeting along with other senior officers.
The delegation pointed out that Assam is the largest tea producing State in India with the production of 451.24 M. Kgs. in 2000 against all India production of 847 M. Kgs. Some of the main problems raised by the delegation were: fall in price of made tea resulting very low prices for the green tea leaves, fall in exports of tea, international competition even from smaller and new producing countries such as Kenya and increase in cost of production.
Shri Maran gave a patient hearing to the representation of the delegation and said that the government is well aware of the problems being faced by tea industry. The Minister said that the government has been taking specific steps to promote trade and commerce in the North Eastern region.