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Raised on the ethics of inclusive growth, nurtured by the values that foster socio-economical and environmental welfare and led by a vision of cultivating prosperity and well-being, we are a company that harvests happiness in every sense.
A story of perseverance, an inspiration for life.
A wise man once said, “the flower that blooms in adversity, is the rarest most beautiful of all”. Amarnath Bauri went on to prove just that, by securing 7.60 CGPA in CBSE class X, from a local English medium school of Hatibari Division.
Son of a monthly rated Sirdar of Hatibari Division, Sri Bhupen Bauri, Amarnath has achieved this feat with sheer hard work and constant support of his family.
The Estate and Union officials lauded his efforts and provide all necessary help for his future endeavors at a special felicitation ceremony.
The entire team at Achabam Tea Estate has been awarded the Best Village Defence Party by the local Police Station for the entire Namroop circle.
Mr. Santanu Nanda and Mr. Kaushik Tanti, inhabitants of line no.-18 and children of permanent workers, started a mission towards total literacy among their community. They started a Lower Primary School with 120 students and 2 teachers in 2003. The school is now a full fledged Lower Primary School under the Education Board, Government of Assam. Currently the school has 203 students and 7 teachers.
The new and hygienic way of issuing ration in biodegradable plastic bags to staff and workers on digital weighing scale has earned rave reviews. Instead of heat sealing machine which is time consuming, plastic knot clip is being used for the purpose which makes the process accurate and fast.
Jewel in Her Crown
Ms. Rina Mondal is a permanent worker at Chubwa Estate. She is the sole bread earner in her family. Rina has won the prestigious Keith Spicer Packers and Suppliers Friendship Bracelet competition which was held during 2014-15 among all APPL estate women employees.
Bend It Like Tulan
Mr. Tulan Kalondi, son of an ex- permanent worker, Siba Kalondi, is the new local star. He is a graduate and a star football player in a lot of local clubs.
Ms. Ujala Mura, the youngest daughter of one of the permanent workers at the Kellyden Estate, has been recently selected in Assam Police and is waiting for her final interview. Ujala is also a national level Throw Ball player and a graduate.
To Sir With Love
Mr. Santosh Desai is the son of Mr. Gokul Desai, who is a sub staff in Majuli Estate hospital. He completed his HSLC in 2006 and HS from Paneri H. S. School in 2008 and the TET Examination in 2012. He is a teacher in the Government Lower Primary School, Majuli Estate.
The carriers of traditional art are indeed heroes in their own right. Mr. Nunu Singh Karmakar from Hathikuli Estate was awarded with Government of India’s Guru Sisya Parampara Upadhi for his outstanding contribution towards promotion of tea tribe’s cultural traits specially Jhumur dance, on 16th March, 2015.
DAM DIM T.E.
Taare Zameen Par
Like previous years, this year also the physically challenged children of Dam Dim Estate participated in North Bengal Disabled Sports Meet, organized by the North Bengal Council for the Disabled and Lion’s Club International.
Three among them bagged five medals.
All good things deserve to grow. Recently Nahortoli Estate was able to reclaim 3 ha. of land which was under encroachment for more than 30 years. The reclaimed land is proposed for extension planting.
Reaching Their Goal
The Nahorkutia team displayed the real meaning of team work this year. This has won them the APPL Inter Estate Football Tournament.
Ms. Monalisha Lohar, daughter of Ms. Sugi Lohar, daily rated permanent worker of Namroop Tea Estate and of Late Makhan Lohar, has shown remarkable excellence in academics. In spite of family difficulties she achieved 69% marks in her BA (Political Science) exams held in 2014 from Namroop College under Dibrugarh University.
Culture found some real champions at Nonoi. The estate Jhumur team won both the competitions Bagh Bharali Rangali Bihu Utsav and Misa Milan Club Competition on 21st and 26th April 2015.
NOWERA NUDDY T.E.
Doers From The Dooars
Nowera Nuddy Estate team became a finalist at the APPL Inter Estate Football Tournament 2014 but lost the final match. Nowera Nuddy Estate played as a team with discipline and co-ordination and finally emerged as Dooars champion, qualifying to play in group event in Assam.
Powai is proud of the new academic star in the estate. Ms. Arpita Paul Chowdhury. She is the daughter of Mr. Bikash Paul Chowdhury, office clerk at Powai estate and has successfully completed M.Sc. in Chemistry with 60.07% marks from Assam University, Silchar.
Brains And Brawn
Ms. Lakhi Thapa, sister of Mr. Rajoo Thapa (daily rated worker of Teok Division) graduated with first class in 2014 from C.K.B. College, Teok under Dibrugarh University. She is also a football player and participated in Inter-District Football Competition at Borpeta and Jorhat districts.
Mr. Sonam Lama, a retired factory worker and his wife Ms. Saraswati Lama, now retired CHV of Rungamuttee crèche must be extremely proud of all four of their children. Their eldest son, Mr. Rabi Lama did his graduation from Delhi University, and presently is an ASP in Gangtok. Ms. Asha Lama, is working as a librarian at Birpara College and completing her Ph.D. Ms. Deepa Lama is a girl’s cadet instructor at Cooch Behar and the youngest, Ms. Poonam Lama is completing her graduation.
Mr. Golap Kurmi, son of Mr. Sankar Kurmi an OMRE (Electrician) of this estate passed HSLC and HS in science in first division and cleared J.E.E. in 1st attempt in the year 2014. He did this without coaching and got admission in “Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University” Hyderabad, in Electrical and Electronics Trade. He is at present studying in the same institution.
Leading By Example
Mr. Robiom Telenga, is the son of Danial Telenga, who works as a factory artisan staff. His mother is a retired daily rated worker of the estate.
Robiom hails from the tea tribes community, and rose to success with his dedication and determination. He has completed his graduation from Jakhalabandha Higher Secondary School, and has done a computer course –ADCA. He is presently working as a teacher in Saint Robert’s School and Compassion English School.
Mr. Pual of Bhelaguri Estate has three good reasons to be happy. He has three children. Ricky the eldest, is a graduate and studying Tea Field Management at TRA, Jorhat . The next one, Rizzi is in his 3rd year of graduation while Anthony is prospering in the transport business.
Family bonding leads to triumph. Diffloo Estate was announced the winner of the Family Welfare Award for ABITA Zone 2 by the Secretary ABITA, for improved welfare activities. The award was handed over in the presence of several dignitaries at the 125th AGM of ABITA
Mr. Bidhu Khalkho and Ms. Nagi Khalkho have reasons to be proud. Their son, Ajay Khalkho after graduating from Darrang College has now joined Assam Police.
Ms RinaMondal (winner) with the Honda Activa scooter
Keith Spicer – the UK arm of Harris Freeman, is one of the major packers and suppliers of tea in UK. In February 2012, Keith Spicerlaunched ‘Tea India’brand in UK which includes a range of premium black tea and flavour tea.As a part of their marketing program for ‘Tea India (2015)’ they decided to distribute friendship bracelets to their customers, designed by female workers in Assam, reflecting the traditional Assamese designs. For the same, bracelet making competition was held across 5 tea estates of Amalgamated Plantations – Chubwa, Namroop, Achabam, Borhat and Damdim. A total of 18 workers participated in developing the bracelet designs, under the mentorship of wives of senior managers. All the designs were praised by Keith Spicer. The bracelets designed by Ms.RinaMondal, under the mentorship of Mrs Tribeni (Anku) Barua, from Chubwa Tea Estate were chosen as the winner. Keith Spicer placed an order of 100 pcs of the winner bracelet.
A price distribution function was organized at Chubwa TE on 27th May, to honour the winner and other participants, and also the mentors. Mr Ranjit Dasgupta, Director at Harris Freeman, along with Mr Jagjeet Kandal, MD, were the chief guest. Ms RinaMondal was awarded with a Honda Activascooter, and Mrs Anku Barua with a gift hamper. Other participants were also presented with awards.
Ms.RinaMondal is in her early thirties and a permanent worker of Chubwa Tea Estate. She lives with her parents and is the only bread earner in the family. Struck by the grief of her brother’s loss few years back, her old parents’ responsibilities are entirely on her shoulders and hence unable to get married. She currently works in the Vocational Training Centre of Chuwba Tea Estate.
Tata Relief Committee – In Response to J&K Flood Relief 2014
In response to the devastating floods that affected Jammu & Kashmir in September, the Tata group, under the auspices of the Tata Relief Committee, has set up a Relief Unit in the state to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to displaced families. Several Tata employees from various group companies have also volunteered to join the relief effort. The volunteers have been involved with activities ranging from running medical camps and setting up community kitchens, to providing safe drinking water, distributing relief kits, conducting village sanitation drives and helping with the safe disposal of animal carcasses. A total of 50 volunteers from seven Tata companies have volunteered in three batches in J&K.
Since this was our first time as a volunteer in disaster management and that too in Kashmir, which is a disturbed area, a mixture of excitement and nervousness was in mind. When we reached Kashmir and met the Tata Relief Committee, we were informed that the relief work was divided into three categories, namely Exploration, Distribution and Warehousing.
Volunteering programmes with Operation Smile and Aamar Ghar in Guwahati under the aegis of Tata Engage
In a world where human sustenance heavily relies on responsible acts of goodness, there’s always a need for individuals to step up and make a difference. Tata Engage is a volunteering platform that enables Tata employees to extend their deeds of goodness to society and the world. Organised by the Tata Sustainability Group, this group-wide initiative enables volunteers to gain new perspectives on community development, while giving companies the opportunity to study and adopt practices that have a positive impact on the Earth.Taking this initiative forward, Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. too decided to participate in the TATA Volunteering Week II (5th to 11th September, 2014) where the employees of Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati HO volunteered to help at two locations, over a two day period.
The 1st volunteering/ engagement activity was carried out at “AAMAR GHAR” an Old Age Home, of the AMBIKAGIRI MEMORIAL TRUST SOCIETY, at Guwahati, on the 9th of September, 2014, by a 5 member Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. team. The 33 residents of the Old Age Home were given a thorough Medical Check-up and free medicines and gift boxes were handed over. Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. has also assured the trust members of further assistance in the future.
The 2nd volunteering/ engagement activity was carried out by a 12 member Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. team with Operation SMILE at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhary Hospital, at Guwahati, on the 11th of September, 2014, wherein the Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. Volunteers actively engaged with the Doctors and staff of “Operation SMILE”, and helped them out with sorting their documentation and filing processes. Approximately, 4000 Patient forms and records were filed. As a token of love from Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd., 60 resident patients were given a SMILE KIT consisting of a mirror (as this is the first object that a patient look for after cleft surgery), toiletries, towels and playthings. (For more information on Operation Smile : www.operationsmile.org.in/)
Message from Major Gen. M.S. Sandhu, VSM (Retd.), Sr. Advisor to the Board, Operation Smile India:
“We really appreciate the effort of Amalgamated Plantation private Ltd at GC4 ( North East Operation Smile Centre) on 11 September, 2014. Probably this may be a very small step from Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. side which created a “butterfly effect” like impact at the centre. This kind of altruistic volunteerism always boost our morale to a very high level.
A group of 12 volunteers under the leadership of Mr. Suneel Sikand worked at Operation smile Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre. The team mainly worked with our patient care team and helped to organize all our inpatient files which was due for a long time. Our organization also received a total of 60 smile bags as well as food items for the patients from Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd..
As Medical Director of the centre( Hiteswar Sarma ) on behave of whole GC4 TEAM would like to thank Mr. Suneel Sikand, Mrs. Sikand, Mr. D. S. Sen, Dr. Deben Dutta, Mr. S. Neog, Mr. Raj Barthakur, Mr.Anshu Sukla, Mr. Sandeep Gosh, Mr. Vijay Dubey, Mr. Pankaj Sarma, Mrs Juri Devi and Ms Sibani for their valuable time at the centre.”
At Dam Dim Tea Estate, there are a few special and gifted children who are engaged in our Vocational Trade Centre in printing.
Every year, these children have been participating tirelessly in the Annual North Bengal Sports Meet for the physically challenged/disabled which is held at Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri. And they never come back empty handed. This year too, nine physically challenged boys and girls took part in the 27th Annual North Bengal Sports Meet on 15th Dec’13. The sports meet was attended by renowned dignitaries from different parts of North Bengal. The participants won eight medals (Gold-5, Silver-3) in different sports disciplines like cricket ball throwing, kick the football, 50 meter and 100 meter running.
Everyone at Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. is hugely proud of them.
Meet Dhruba Jyoti Bordoloi (Piku), Environmentalist par excellence. At Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd., Piku works in the excise and manufacturing department. However his real passion is saving the wildlife in and around Kaziranga. An active and enthusiastic member of NRSB (Naturalist for Rehabilitation of Snakes and Birds. www.kaziranganrsb.org), he can be found in his spare time actively involved in doing his bit for conserving the rich biodiversity of the park and its surroundings. Whether it is rescuing a python which has unwittingly entered someone’s house or rehabilitating an injured baby eagle, Piku and his friends are at the forefront in creating a climate where man and nature can co-exist in harmony.
Ms. Riya Keot, the 10 year daughter of Mr. Durgeswar Keot of Nahorkutia Tea Estate is a young lady of considerable talents. She has won scholarship under the Chief Minister’s new Scholarship Examination Scheme.
She participated in a national dance competition held at Bareilly, UP in the year 2013 and was awarded the 1st prize. This year she was awarded the 1st position in free style (group dance), 1st position in Jazz contemporary (solo dance) and 2nd position in semi-classical (solo) dance.
Mr. Tukheswar Kalar is a daily rated worker at Achabam Tea Estate, and his wife, Ms. Deepa is an anganwadi teacher. Tukheswar and Deepa had to struggle a lot and at one point of time they had to sell off their land and other properties to ensure that their children continued with their education.They have three children and all of them have made their parents proud by their achievements.Eldest daughter, Ms. Khusboo Kalar is a B.A. from Naharkatia College with Major in Political Science. At present she is a teacher at Dumukhia Tea Estate.
Second daughter, Ms. Naina Kalar has completed her B.A. from Dibrugarh MDK College with Major in Philosophy from Dibrugarh University.
Their only son, Mr. Biplob Kalar has through Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. and Tea Board completed mechanical training (Tractor) at Guwahati and is working with Mahindra & Mahindra in Tinsukia.
Mr. Junas Sona, Laboratory Technician, RHRC, Chubwa, wanted his daughter, Ms. Supriya Sona, to become a Doctor.
He put her in Monfort High School. Supriya studied very hard and in spite of all financial limitations topped her school in metric and enrolled herself in medical course after class 12.
Mr. Junas Sona, had great problems in paying the tuition fees of the coaching classes of MBBS admission entrance. But thankfully the merit scholarships provided by Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. ensured that Supriya continued in the pursuit of her dream.
With the encouragement from all the Doctors of RHRC, Supriya has now become a Doctor from the Assam Medical College.
Mr. Arun Chhetri, who works as a night chowkider at the bara Bungalow at Rungamutee Tea Estate, is a contended man today. Both his children have done him proud. While his son, Arpan is working in the IT sector in New Zealand, his daughter, Aruna is in Dubai working as a receptionist in a hotel there.
Bending it like Beckham
Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. is proud of Ms. Chandini Orang. Her mother, Mrs. Pero Orang, an Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. employee at Lamabari Tea Estate, the widow of the late Soma Orang also an Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. employee, bought up Chandini amidst great hardship. Chandini was a natural sportsman from a very early age and took to playing football. She has today reposed her mother’s faith by getting selected for the national (under 17) football team.
Mr. Nicholas Minz, 70, is a resident of Orang line of Rangamatti division. He has the distinction of being the first matric passed student from this estate from the tea tribe community. He had served as a monthly rated employee at Nanoi Tea Estate, and retired from service in 2006.
Dr. Dayanandha Mahto (32) is the son of Mr. Govind Mahto, a monthly rated worker, and Mrs. Padma Mahto, an extemporary worker of Sagmootea Tea Estate.
Dr. Mahto, completed his schooling from Silghat, Nagaon, and Kilibor. He then completed his M.B.B.S (ayourbedic) from Jalukbari Ayourbedic College, Guwahati .
Dr. Mahto is now working in Jakhalabandha phc.
Reaching his Goal
Mr. Tridev Gorki (23) , is a talented football player. He is the son of the late Debanand Gorki an ex-health assistant of the Nahorkutia Tea Estate.
His immense talent was instrumental in him getting picked up by a top Kolkata football team in 2012. At present he is undergoing training at the SAIL football academy in Kolkata.
An Officer and a Gentleman
Mr. Bikash Bhumij (32), is the son of Mr. Bisnu Bhumij and Mrs. Janki Bhumij of Nahortoli Tea Estate. After completing his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chabua-Dibrugarh, he went to the DHSK College, Dibrugarh, where he got his PG diploma in Statistics. Bikash is now working as an assistant Audit Officer with the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, Govt. of India, at Guwahati.
Mr. Romendiut Ekka is the son of the late Rejius Ekka and late Cicilia Ekka who worked as daily rated workers in Nowera Nuddy Tea Estate. He has now become a staff at the estate. He is managing the entire field activities as head garden babu without a field assistant manager at the estate. He is therefore a role model for many adivasi boys in the neighbourhood.
Being born in a poor family, his parents could not afford to provide education in a good school located outside the estate. However in spite of all the odds stacked against him, he successfully completed his B.Com in 1989.
He joined Nowera Nuddy in 1997 as an office apprentice and thereafter he was confirmed as a permanent staff in 2000 as office clerk.
Managing against all Odds
Mr. Bipul Das is working as an Assistant Manager at Chubwa Tea Estate
He is the son of Mr. Prabhu Das, a sirdar who retired in the year 2010 from Majuli Tea Estate. After completing his HS in commerce stream from N.E Province College, Tangla, he got his BBA from Darwin School of Business, Guwahati.
Ms. Rejina Munda’s parents are both employees of Amalgamated Plantations Pvt. Ltd. Her father, Mr. Eliash Munda, and her mother, Ms. (Mrs) Powlina Munda work in the MISA division at Kellyden Tea Estate.
Rejina who is studying in class 10 at the MISA high school., is an accomplished sportswoman. She is a champion handball player and has already played in the nationals.