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Food minister visits closed tea garden

Six persons, including two children, died of malnutrition in Raipur tea garden.

By: Express News Service | Jalpaiguri | Published: June 30, 2014 3:48:40 am

The Food and Essential Supplies Minister, Jyotiprio Mullick, on Sunday, visited the locked down Raipur tea garden where six labourers died of malnutrition last week. Admitting that they died of malnutrition, Mullick said, “The workers of the closed tea garden will get good quality rice from FCI.

One inspector will supervise the distribution of food grains to the workers of three closed gardens.” Six persons, including two children, died of malnutrition in Raipur tea garden in the past seven days due to lack of steady supply of quality foodgrains, Seema Halder, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Jalpaiguri had said. The tea garden has been lying closed since 2003. The minister handed over Rs 5,000 each to the family members of the six deceased.

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