JORHAT: The foundation stone of the statue of Maniram Dewan, the first Assamese tea planter who started Cinnamora Tea Estate, now owned by Assam Tea Corporation Limited (ATCL), was laid by Hitendra Nath Goswami, Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker and Jorhat MLA, in presence of Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Rajya MP, and other dignitaries on Sunday.
Hitendra Nath Goswami recalled the contribution of Maniram Borbhandar Baruah, popularly known as Maniram Dewan , who was an Assamese nobleman in British India. He was one of the first people to establish tea gardens in Assam. A loyal ally of the British East India Company in his early years, he was hanged by the British for conspiring against them during the 1857 uprising. He was popular among the people of Upper Assam as ‘Kalita Raja’. Maniram Dewan established the Cinnamara Tea Garden at Cinnamara in Jorhat, thus becoming the first Indian tea planter to grow tea commercially in Assam. He established another plantation at Selung (or Singlo) in Sibsagar.