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Flash Back 1996

Tax Burdened Tea Industry’s Service to Society

What deserves public esteem and admiration is the good work of the Indian Tea Association (ITA), Surma Valley Branch, for their noble gesture to help the disadvantaged segments of the community.

In a simple and solemn function at Gandhi Bagh, Silchar, ITA has called over one thousand handicapped persons from the valley for identification and measurement as part of its continuing commitment to provide the disabled with free artificial limbs. Last year, six hundred such disabled persons were benefited.

The response to the call was overwhelming and has been appreciated by all sections of the society. The ‘free’ camp continued for two consecutive days, assisted by a team of orthopedists from Silchar Medical College (SMC) which included specialists like Dr. S.V. Nandi Purkayastha, Dr. H. Frank and Dr. A.K. Sipani. During the course of examination, emphasis was laid on differentiating and advising patients for surgical treatment and curing those that actually require artificial replacement.

Addressing the occasion, the Chairman of ITA, Surma Valley Branch Mr. Subash Mohan Dev said that the Association was involved in various philanthropic work in the valley, this despite the gloom that overcast the tea industry with thirty three total gardens being declared ‘sick’. “It is probably the reflection of our mentality that is tuned to monolithic attitude for restructuring the society,” he added.

The tea industry in Cachar employs more than 53,000 permanent employees throughout the year and an equal number of casual workers for six to seven months. Livelihood of not only the employees of the tea estates but also a very large section of the population of Barak valley is dependant on the tea industry.