India: Tea Board proposes replacing old Tea Act

The Tea Board of India is reviewing the Tea Act to replace the original Tea Act of 1953. The Board has placed its proposals in the public domain and sought suggestions and comments from industry stakeholders.

In its public notice, the Tea Board stated that the proposed changes remove outdated provisions that have become inappropriate in today's context and introduce new objectives, functions, and powers for the Board. If the Bill is enacted, it would act as a facilitator, optimising development and research in the tea industry and helping to increase exports and tea quality.

The Act also mentions that the new Board will encourage fairness and remunerative prices for tea growers.

Click here to read the proposal. A full list of objectives can be found in Chapter II, Part I.