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Tea tourism festival begins tomorrow
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 JORHAT, Nov 24 – Acres and acres of land both in the hills and dales of the state covered by the spreading green carpets of the ‘two leaves and a bud’, the majestic bungalows amidst them still trumpeting the glory of the early days, along with the surrounding tribal villages with diversified and enchanting cultures are indeed a paradise for the nature lovers escaping from the monotony of the humdrum world. Keeping an eye on it the Department of Tourism, Government of Assam and District Administration, Jorhat have jointly undertaken the venture of organizing the ‘Assam Tea Tourism Festival, 2010’ to popularize the concept of ‘Tea Tourism’ in the state.

The festival will start from November 26 and the exhibition will last till December 1. Today at a press conference at Jorhat Circuit House, Deputy Commissioner of Jorhat district R C Jain revealed that Tea Research Association (TRA), Tea Board of India, ABITA Zone – 2, Jorhat, ATPA Jorhat, TAI Jorhat, Jorhat Gyamkhana Club, ONGCL, Tea Gardens of Jorhat, STGA Jorhat, Oil India Ltd and NRL have offered helping hands to make the occasion a grand success. Answering a question of mediapersons, he said that the budget of the function would be near about Rs 12 lakh, out of which Rs 4 lakhs would be provided by the Government of Assam. The rest of the amount would be complemented by the supporting organizations, he said.

Rockybul Hussain, Minister, forest, Tourism and Environment, will be the chief guest in the inaugural function of the festival at 4 pm on November 26. A total number of 46 stalls have been kept ready to be opened on November 26. The exhibition will be inaugurated by B S Jaysulu, Basin Manager, ONGC. The Food Festival organised in this connection will be inaugurated by L S Changsan, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam. As many as seven food stalls are arranged to serve the traditional food of different ethnic communities including Assamese, Mising, Deori, Karbi, Chingphow, Tai (Shyam) and Thengal Kachari. The Tea Board of India is also going to conduct a tea tasting programme of the tea brought from China, Sri Lanka, Nilgiri, Darjeeling and Assam. Jain further added, “Two representatives of the British High Commissioner are scheduled to attend the occasion.” A souvenir entitled ‘Destination T’ edited by noted educationist Prafulla Rajguru is also going to be released during the function.

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