Assam CM returns tea cos donation to relief fund

Written by PTI | Guwahati | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 10:02am hrs
Dissatisfied with the R15.23 lakh donated by major tea companies to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has decided to return the money.

A statement from the chief ministers office said Gogoi was dissatisfied with the money recently donated to the fund by 25 major tea companies, under the Indian Tea Association, operating in the state.

These tea companies are earning huge profits, utilising all the benefits given by the state government, and yet neglecting their contribution towards the development of the state and its people, the statement said.

So the cheques were being sent back to the 25 companies, it continued.

The donations made towards the CMs Relief Fund are utilised for treatment of cancer patients, and poor and down-trodden in the state, the statement added.

The statement mentioned the names of the 25 tea companies and their contribution.

While the lowest contribution was R6,675, the highest contribution was R3,88,700.