Guwahati: Small tea growers of the state will henceforth be able to collect their land pattas from the office of the Deputy Commissioners of their respective districts, said chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Announcing this at a function organised to inaugurate a building for small tea growers’ training and research centre at Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Jorhat on Thursday, Sonowal said that the decision to allot land pattas to small tea growers locally has been taken to dispose of the demands expeditiously to the benefit of the recipients.
He at the same time handed over land pattas to six small tea growers symbolically to kick start the programme of allotting land pattas to small tea growers at the level of DC office.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal while terming the tea industry as a symbol of pride of Assam said that in the global market Assam has made its identity through tea. He however, said that while maintaining its impressive streak for the last two hundred years, Assam tea of late has faced several challenges. In the highly competitive market in order to stay relevant, the quality of Assam tea will have to be improved substantially.
Acknowledging the role of Tocklai Tea Research Institute in qualitative improvement of Assam Tea and giving it a new name and fame, Sonowal said that in the back drop of new experimental innovations and their cascading effect on tea, the research institute once again has to re-establish its prowess to capture the world market.
He also said that for the development of tea industry both big tea growers and small tea growers will have to work in tandem. Stating that though questions have been raised on the qualitative production of the small tea growers, Sonowal called upon the two lakh small tea growers to take quality tea production as their mission and work towards that end.