Operations in the tea gardens of Assam have started after a gap of 16 days since the 21-day novel coronavirus (COVID-19) related lockdown came to effect.
The government has allowed the plucking operations but have directed the tea gardens to carry out with the activities by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols.
This was allowed as there are several activities to protect the plants and including the spraying of pesticides or pest repellents.
The tea industry in Assam is among the major industries in the state and the permit to operate during the lockdown was granted to the industry after several experts wrote to the government regarding the exemption of the tea industry in Assam.
However, after the reopening of the garden operations, the government has asked the authorities of the tea gardens to ensure that the workers follow the COVID-19 norms and ensure proper hygiene including social distancing.
The garden authorities are also asked to keep the administration updated on the day to day operations during the ongoing lockdown.
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