TINSUKIA: The production of green tea leaves being a major source of sustenance for thousands of youths in Tinsukia district, the ongoing plunging of cost of green leaves brought several organizations to the streets to demand fixing a minimum production price and checking the exorbitant cost of fertilizer and medicines.
The Tinsukia district committee of Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) in support of small tea growers organized a human chain protest in front of Deputy Commissioner's office Tinsukia on Monday and later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the DC. The president of SMSS, Papu Datta said that the price of fertilizers had escalated due to alleged syndicate run by vested interests that had adversely affected the production cost. He demanded that the owners of bought leaf factories should stop exploitation and they should pay a minimum support price for green leaves.
The memorandum stated three-point demands, which included fixing of minimum support price for small tea growers, establishment of government bought leaf factories in each district and to reduce cost of fertilizer and medicines used by small tea growers.