Guwahati: The joint forum of Assam Tea Planters’ Association (ATPA), North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) and Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP) welcoming the cabinet decision of declaring tea as the state drink.
They said that the decision of the state cabinet will assist the beverage in getting the status of a national drink. The state’s tea producers said that Assam is synonymous with tea, which had a major contribution to Assam’s economic growth.
A statement of the forum said that “The joint forum of ATPA, NETA and BCP welcomes the state cabinet’s decision to declare tea as the state drink of Assam. The producer associations thanks chief minister Tarun Gogoi, industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi and all the other cabinet ministers and officials for taking this landmark decision.”
While the cabinet decision was taken only recently, CM Tarun Gogoi had announced tea as the state drink during the World Tea Science Congress held on the occasion of the 100-year celebration of Tocklai Experimental Station (Tea Research Association) in Jorhat last year.
However, Union minister of state for commerce and industry Jyotiraditya M Scindia said that the issue of declaring tea as a national drink was not pursued following objections by some state governments, who felt that coffee was a more competing beverage.
He added that as both (coffee and tea) have respective market shares asserting one beverage a ‘national drink’ will cost the other.