Guwahati : The first meeting of the Expert Committee constituted by the Assam Government at the initiative of Sri Deepok Kumar Barthakur, Vice- Chairman, State Innovation and Transformation Aayog, Assam to make a study on the issues relating to Tea Industry of Assam as well as Tocklai Tea Research Centre at Jorhat was held on 6th May, 2019 at the Conference Hall of Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara Campus, Guwahati under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Guwahati.
The meeting discussed the various challenges faced by the Tea Industry and Tocklai Tea Research Centre. It also deliberated about the various modalities as to how to proceed to arrive at suitable recommendation. Since the two term of reference are independent of each other, the Committee is of the view that separate approach will have to be adopted to comprehend and analyse them suitably.
After a threadbare discussions on the relevant points, the meeting have decided to first approach the Tocklai Tea Research Centre at Jorhat to get first hand information on their problems. It also decided to meet both station and outstation officials of the Industry and Tea Boards from Bengal, Tripura and Kolkota. The Committee also felt that before submission of report to the Government through SITA, Assam, it decided to meet the Secretary of Industry and Commerce, Government of India and Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog to apprise them of the entire situation and the probable solution.