As tea gardens close shop, cup full of woes for workers

Outlook India – Kolkata – March 26, 2008 (PTI)

More than 2,500 people, mostly women and children have died of starvation in country’s second largest tea growing state, West Bengal, after several tea gardens closed gates rendering workers jobless.

Though contributing 23 per cent to the country’s total tea output, West Bengal also presents a grim scenario of large-scale starvation deaths owing to closed tea gardens.

With tea garden owners leaving their workers to fend for themselves, more than 2,500 people, mostly women and children, have died in the past five years mainly due to malnutrition. . .

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