Tea Board of India

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Tea Board of India
Formation1 April 1954; 68 years ago (1 April 1954)[1]
TypeIndian Government Organisation
HeadquartersKolkata, West Bengal, India
Shri Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah[2][3][4]
Parent organisation
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
Tea Board of India's Head Office at B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata

The Tea Board of India is a state agency of the Government of India under the control of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, established to promote the cultivation, processing, and domestic trade as well as export of tea from India. It was established by the enactment of the Tea Act in 1953 with its headquarters in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). It is headed by the Deputy Chairman Mr.P.K.Sahoo, IOFS[5][3][4] and separated into Standing Committees referred to as the Executive Committee, the Development Committee, the Labour Welfare Committee and the Export Promotion Committee.


The Tea Board India is responsible for the assignment of certification numbers to exports of certain tea merchants. This certification is intended to ensure the teas’ origin, which in turn would reduce the amount of fraudulent labelling on rare teas such as ones harvested in Darjeeling. The excessive[citation needed][6] amounts of 'faux' Darjeeling tea sold on the global market relates in stark opposition to the fraction of exporters which are licensed by the Tea Board India as legitimate traders of this region.

The Tea Board India's tasks include endorsement of the diverse production and productivity of tea, financial support of research organisations and the monitoring of advances in tea packaging as it relates to health beneficial aspects.

It coordinates research institutes, the tea trade and government bodies, ensuring the technical support of the tea trade in the global industry.

Global Offices[edit]

The headquarter of the board is located in Kolkata of West Bengal. The board also has other overseas offices located at London in United Kingdom, Moscow in Russia and Dubai in United Arab Emirates. The Tea Board also had an office in New York City in the 1960s to 70s. Mr P V Ramaswamy was the first director of the NYC office from 1960 to 1963 and also returned to head it from 1973 to 1975.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Official Website of Tea Board India". teaboard.gov.in.
  2. ^ "Metal headache: Commodity rally will put pressure on operating margins". Business Standard.
  3. ^ a b "Tea board IAS tussle". telegraphindia.com. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Egypt proposes creation of tea brand to boost ties with India". Business Standard. 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ http://www.teaboard.gov.in/pdf/rtiact/pay_report.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Identity crisis for Darjeeling Tea". Rediff. Retrieved 18 December 2015.


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