JORHAT: The three Assam based indigenous tea producers’ associations — Assam Tea Planters’ Association (ATPA), North Eastern Tea. Association (NETA) and Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP), have donated a sum of Rs 19,00,000 (Rupees nineteen laths) to Assam Arogya Nidhi fund as support toward the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
ATPA headquartered at Jorhat has donated Rs 3,00,000 (Rupees three lakh), NETA headquartered at Golaghat has donated Rs. 11,00,000 (Rupees eleven lakh) and BCP headquartered at Dibrugarh has donated Rs.5,00,000 (Rupees five lakhs).
“We stand in solidarity with the Government at this hour of unprecedented crisis,” said ATPA chairperson Dr Nazrana Ahmed. “Tea industry is one of the oldest industries and a mainstream industry of Assam and when our motherland is in crisis, we have come forward to do our bit,” said NETA chairman Sunil Jallan.
“Along with this humble contribution we express our sincere thanks to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma,”, said BCP chairman Nalin Khemani. “Tea industry is highly labour intensive and is one of the largest employers in the organized sector in India. We are proud that there is no tradition of laying-off workers in this 197 years old Assarn tea industry, unlike other industries. The jobs of workers & employees are fully secured,” said former vice chairman of Tea Board of India Bidyananda Barkakoty, stated a press release.