Tea Board of India disburses Rs 6.72 crore as subsidies in South India

India’s Tea Board has disbursed Rs 6.72 crore in subsidies so far in this fiscal year to 1,307 beneficiaries across South India under various schemes.

The Tea Board of India is a government of India state organization whose mission is to promote tea cultivation, processing, internal trade, and export in India

M Balaji, Executive Director of the Tea Board stated that the first tranche of 1.38 crore subsidy was distributed to 187 beneficiaries in South India from April to June.

“In all, we have now disbursed 5.34 crore to 1,120 recipients in the second tranche,” he said in a media statement.

Under this scheme, three beneficiaries in the Idukki district have received a total of 7.47 lakh for various developmental activities. As an incentive for orthodox tea production, nine recipients earned a total of Rs1.20crore.

Furthermore, 465 wards of tea plantation workers have earned 85.78 lakh under the Human Resource Development scheme, which mostly covers stipends for education. Financial support is also provided to disabled tea plantation workers for treatment of cancer, heart, and kidney ailments.

“The subsidy amount has been promptly remitted to the corresponding beneficiary’s bank account, and SMS has also been sent to the concerned beneficiary,” Balaji stated.

The Tea Board gives subsidies to growers and manufacturers in order to increase their output, productivity, and the quality of their manufactured tea. Besides, the Board also encourages the development of orthodox teas in order to assure remunerative prices to producers for quality tea production and to assist manufacturers in fetching a higher market price. In terms of financial help, the Tea Board also provides assistance to small tea producers in order to renovate their common facility centre and assure collective participation in increasing the overall quality of tea.

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