Tea Estate Homestay – Let tea estate personnel to set up homestays in tea gardens: Mamata Banerjee

The go will deliver a key fillip to small and center-close tourism

If homestays are opened by common folks in tea estates, just one can be expecting a tourism growth at the grassroots.

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Vivek Chhetri

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Darjeeling

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Revealed 13.07.22, 03:03 AM


Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked main secretary H.K. Dwivedi to convey about appropriate amendments to procedures to enable tea estate staff to established up homestays in gardens, a transfer that would supply a main fillip to lower and center-stop tourism.

The main minister gave the directive to Dwivedi though she was delivering an address at Chowrasta in Darjeeling immediately after 44 elected customers of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Sabha took oath on Tuesday.

Mamata’s directive was greeted with loud cheers by the people today attending the oath-taking ceremony. The spontaneous reaction affirmed the importance of Mamata’s final decision.

“I request the chief secretary to amend the policies… Anit (Thapa) experienced questioned me yesterday if we could let people staying in tea gardens to get started homestays. They can also start out some company,” explained Mamata.

According to the Tea Tourism and Allied Small business coverage, 2019, the Bengal authorities allows tea back garden lessees to utilise 15 for every cent of the estate, which ought to be fewer than 150 acres, for tourism and allied enterprise pursuits.

Employees, who have been residing in tea gardens for generations have, on the other hand, no land rights. “Hence, in numerous cases, staff have been denied authorization to begin homestays in gardens by the lessee,” mentioned a supply.

This experienced left a negative taste not just among tea staff but also the normal community in the tea rising spots of the area. Tea back garden employees are a selecting variable in 15 of 54 Assembly constituencies in north Bengal.

Mamata’s directive to the chief secretary is witnessed as an endorsement of some rights of the personnel in the position they have lived for generations.

The main minister even advised that the administration location up tourism assignments allocate some funds under company social accountability so that “at least 10 family members in a garden” can established up homestays.

“This way, the load on the govt would also be significantly less,” reported Mamata.

The main minister has also directed that the north Bengal improvement department be designed a nodal agency and that an officer be appointed for each individual tea growing district to oversee the implementation of the CSR techniques.

Whilst many lessees have appear up with tourism tasks, they mostly fall in the significant-finish tourism bracket.

“If homestays are opened by typical folks, one can expect a tourism increase at the grassroots,” reported an observer.

There are much more than 300 tea gardens in north Bengal.