Bidyanda Borkakoty elected as Tea Board vice-chairman
From a Correspondent
Golaghat, February 9: The 227th board meeting of the Tea Board of India in Kolkata elected Bidyanda Borkakoty of Golaghat , Assam as the vice-chairman of the Board for one year as per Rule 9(1) of the Tea Rules, 1954. Bidyanda Borkakoty is a mechanical engineer by qualification and a tea planter by profession having his own plantations in Golaghat. He was the chairman of North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) for six years. At present he is the advisor of NETA, an executive committee member of Assam Tea Planters’ Association (ATPA) and president of Tea Vision (an NGO). He belongs to one of the oldest tea planters’ families of Assam and is the fifth generation to continue in tea plantation. Borkakoty, after getting elected as the vice-chairman of Tea Board of India, stated that he would focus on five things for the survival and smooth running of the tea industry which includes price realization which has not kept in pace with cost of production , to provide benefits and facilities to the production workers and to introduce better schemes for small tea growers.