Gorkhaland stir threatens Darjeeling tea

The reverberations of the decision to creat a separate Telangana are being felt far away in the industry that produces your morning cuppa.

A three-day shutdown July 29-31 in support of a movement for the creation of a separate Gorkhaland state out of West Bengal saw the Darjeeling tea industry losing Rs.10 crore and the fuel and coal inventory of factories are about to hit rock bottom, according to industry insiders. 

“Everything has come to a standstill and input-output cannot move from the gardens. It is a critical situation. We are hoping the strike will be lifted for a day or two in between, which will help us with some movement,” Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA) chairman S.S. Bagaria told IANS from Darjeeling.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) agitators again called an indefinite strike from Aug 3. Since then, Darjeeling has been on the boil. The tea gardens have been exempted but industry stakeholders are apprehensive and keeping their fingers crossed.

Full report here New Indian Express


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