Tea to be declared India's national drink
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Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said tea would be declared as national drink by April next year.
"The drink would be accorded national drink status by April 17 next year to coincide with the 212th birth anniversary of first Assamese tea planter and Sepoy Mutiny leader Maniram Dewan," Ahluwalia said while addressing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Assam Tea Planters Association here.
It was Maniram Dewan who was not only the first indigenous tea planter but also involved in the national movement, he said at the the Tocklai Experimental Station.
"The other important reason is that half of the tea industry labour comprises women and is the largest employer in the organised sector," Ahluwalia added.
The Deputy Chairman said he would soon take up the matter with Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.
He said India is the largest producer and consumer of black tea in the world. According to ORG-India Tea Consumption Study, 83 per cent households in India consume tea and is the cheapest beverage in the world after water.
Ahluwalia urged tea planters and producers to emulate the path of coffee planters and go in for producing more varieties.
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