GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday asserted that people of the state would never allow any vested interest group to tarnish the image of Assam tea.
Sonowal’s comment came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district on Sunday made a statement that a conspiracy at international level was hatched to malign the image of Assam tea.
The CM said, “Several lakh people associated with the tea sector in Assam and the state government would remain strictly vigilant and leave no stone unturned to foil the conspiracy hatched against Assam tea.”
Modi had said that some documents have come out that reveal that some people outside India are trying to malign India’s tea and the nation’s image associated with it. The PM said, “Every tea garden, every tea worker will seek answers from those political parties behind the conspirators.”
Sonowal made the assertion while distributing land pattas to 471 small tea growers of Dibrugarh district and laying the foundation stone for a district science centre in a programme held at Khanikar in Dibrugarh on Monday.
He further said that no government earlier internalized the suffering of the small tea growers even though he raised the issue of providing land patta to small tea growers while he was an MLA from Moran LAC.
Sonowal further assured to positively look into the issues raised by the small tea growers including survey of land of small tea growers, timely supply of fertilizers, promoting use of organic fertilizer, exposure tour for small tea growers etc.