Jorhat, Oct. 24: The Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) has mobilised its members to donate tea which will be sold for the benefit of differently-abled children on World Disability Day — December 3.
The entire proceeds of the auction will be used for rehabilitation, training and welfare of children with multiple disabilities.
Leading the grand charity special auction initiative will be Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and industry, commerce, power and public enterprises minister, Pradyut Bordoloi, who is also the chairman of GTAC.
The auction, Grand Tea Auction 13, which will be held at ITA Pragjyoti auditorium in Guwahati, is scheduled to be inaugurated by Gogoi by hammering the first few lots. It will be attended by many other celebrities and dignitaries.
GTAC sources said the proposed special auction would be the second in its history for a social cause. The first was conducted about 23 years ago to assist the B. Barooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati. A CT scan machine was bought for the institute from the proceeds of that auction.
Through letters to all tea associations of the state, Bordoloi has urged the tea industry to extend support to GTAC’s initiative and “donate generously” to make the event a grand success.
“Your cooperation to donate tea will go a long way to sustain the efforts of deserving NGOs who have been working for the differently-abled children of our state and at the same time take the GTAC to a new height by your association with the Grand Tea Auction 13,” Bordoloi said in the letter.
Stating that the GTAC was posed to expand its activities with a new set of agenda on the threshold of a new year, the letter said the auction would be able to promote the various brands of Assam tea vigorously, establish new benchmarks and let the tea industry through the GTAC perform its role of social responsibility.
The minister appealed to the industry to send “best quality” tea with each company donating at least one lot (consignment) of 25kg tea. A lot can be of CTC (BOPSM (Broken Orange Pekoe Souchong Mixed) or BP (Broken Pekoe) grades) or orthodox (organic or non-organic) category. “Larger lots (over 25kg) will be most welcome,” he added.
GTAC secretary Jayanta Kakati told The Telegraph over phone from Guwahati today that the proposed endeavour has been taken to fulfil the social commitment the industry has towards society.
Kakati hoped that the industry would whole-heartedly contribute to the charity auction and send its best teas to make the initiative a grand success. He said reputed NGOs involved in welfare of disabled children would be given the money collected from the charity auction for betterment of such children.
Welcoming the initiative, former chairman of Assam Tea Planters’ Association Abhijit Sarmah said it was a positive step and the industry would like to contribute to the charity for a good cause.