Tea Board of India [UPSC Notes GS II]

The origin of the Tea Board started in the year 1903 during the Indian Tea Cess Bill. The Bill was passed for the promotion of Indian tea both within and outside the country. The Tea Industry of India is controlled by the Union Government under the Act of Parliament.

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Tea Board of India – Organisation, and Committees

Established on 1st April 1954 by the Tea Act (1953), the Tea Board of India is headquartered in Kolkata. After being set up under the Tea Act 1953, the Tea Board of India is functioning as a statutory body of the Central Government under the Ministry of Commerce. It has also succeeded the Central Tea Board and the Indian Tea Licencing Committee under the Central Tea Board Act, 1949 and the Indian Tea Control Act, 1938 respectively.

The present Tea Board is constituted of 31 members (including Chairman) and is reconstituted every three years. It includes Members of Parliament, tea producers, tea traders, tea brokers and consumers. Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah is the current chairman of the Tea Board.

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The Tea Board of India includes the following standing committees:

  1. Executive Committee
  2. Tea Promotion Committee
  3. Development Committee
  4. Labour Welfare Committee
  5. Licensing Committee (North India and South India)
Tea Board of India
Standing Committees Responsibilities
Executive Committee Handles all the administrative matters of the Tea Board.
Tea Promotion Committee Deals with the export promotion of Indian tea.
Development Committee Responsible for handling the various developmental schemes of the Board.
Labour Welfare Committee Guiding the Tea Board in implementing various welfare schemes that benefit the plantation workers and their wards.
Licensing Committee (North India and South India) They act as per the direction of the Executive Committee.

Role of Tea Board in India

As a statutory body of the Central Government, the Tea Board of India has a major role to play for the Indian Tea Industries.

  • To export the promotion of tea inside and outside the country.
  • Augmentation and improvement of tea production quality by helping the Research and Development activities.
  • Providing financial help through the labour welfare schemes to the plantation workers and their wards.
  • To assist the unorganised small growers’ sector by providing financial and technical support.

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