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Two days after the government distributed Rs 3,000 to 7.47 lakh tea garden workers in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday handed over land ownership to 471 small tea growers, ahead of the Assembly polls.
Sonowal distributed land pattas to 471 small tea growers of Dibrugarh district and laid the foundation stone for a district science centre at Khanikar.
The chief minister assured to look into the issues raised by the small tea growers such as a survey of land of the growers, timely supply of fertilizers, promoting the use of organic fertilizers and exposure tour for small tea growers.
Sonowal also said that people of the state will never allow any vested interest group to tarnish the image of Assam tea.
"Several lakh people associated with the tea sector in Assam and the state government will remain strictly vigilant and leave no stone unturned to foil the conspiracy hatched against Assam tea," he added. (PTI)