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With reference to the “Tea Board” in India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Tea Board is a statutory body.
  2. It is a regulatory body attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  3. The Tea Board’s Head Office is situated in Bengaluru.
  4. The Board has overseas offices at Dubai and Moscow.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 2 and 4

(c)  3 and 4

(d) 1 and 4

Explanation

1. The Tea Board is a statutory body.

  • The Tea Board was set up as a statutory body on 1st April, 1954 as per Section (4) of the Tea Act, 1953. It functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

2. It is a regulatory body attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

  • The Tea Board functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, not the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

3. The Tea Board’s Head Office is situated in Bengaluru.

  • The Tea Board’s Head Office is located in Kolkata, West Bengal.

4. The Board has overseas offices at Dubai and Moscow.

  • The Tea Board has overseas offices in Dubai and Moscow to promote Indian tea exports.

Therefore, statements 1 and 4 are correct.

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Key facts about the Tea Board of India:

  • Established in 1954 under the Tea Act, 1953.
  • Functions under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Constituted of 31 members including representatives from tea industry, state governments, parliament, etc.
  • Key functions:
    • Render financial and technical assistance for tea cultivation, manufacturing and marketing
    • Promote tea exports
    • Support R&D activities to improve tea production and quality
    • Implement welfare schemes for plantation workers
    • Assist small tea growers
  • Head Office in Kolkata, regional offices across major tea producing states.
  • Overseas offices in Dubai, Moscow, London, Hamburg, New York.
  • Top tea producing states: Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka.
  • Key schemes: Plantation Development Scheme, Promotion and Development Scheme, Small Tea Growers Development Scheme.
  • Publishes annual Tea Statistics and monthly Tea Newsletter.

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