SCHEME OF EDUCATIONAL STIPEND FOR WARDS OF TEA PLANTATION WORKERS
SCHEME OF EDUCATIONAL STIPEND FOR WARDS OF TEA PLANTATION
WORKERS. (Revised - Effective from 1-4-2007)
Employers are primarily responsible for welfare of tea plantation workers under the
Plantation Labour Act and the Rules framed thereunder. The Tea Act, however, directs the
Tea Board to help in securing better working conditions towards improvement of amenities
and incentives for workers. In the discharge of this directive, the Tea Board has been
operating a number of welfare schemes for the benefit of tea workers. The grant of
educational stipends for wards of the tea plantation workers is one of the welfare schemes of
b. NATURE OF STIPEND:
To encourage education among the children of tea plantation workers, the Tea Board
grants necessary stipend from elementary/primary stage in tea growing states of North &
South India. Stipends are available for elementary, middle, Secondary education, General
and Technical Degrees including Post Graduate courses and Technical and Vocational
Education. Under the scheme, tuition fees and hostel charges (including boarding and
lodging) are paid on the basis of actuals subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs. 40,000/- per
annum per student consisting of Rs. 20,000/- as tuition fees and Rs. 20,000/- as hostel
charges (effective from 01-04-2007).
i) Children of person directly employed in a registered tea estate and governed by
the Plantation Labour Act are eligible for stipend provided the wages (total cash
emoluments) of their parents do not exceed Rs. 10,000/- per month.
ii) Children of a Medical Officer or any person employed in tea estate primarily in
a managerial capacity, whose service conditions are not governed by the
Plantation Labour Act, can also be granted stipend provided their emoluments
do not exceed Rs. 10,000/- per month.
iii) Not more than 2 children including legally adopted one of workers/employees
drawing a total monthly emolument upto Rs. 10,000/- can be granted stipend.
iv) An orphan adopted by a worker and dependent on him or her can also be
granted a stipend, provided his/her total emolument does not exceed Rs.
10,000/- per month.
v) A brother or a sister of a worker, if wholly dependent upon the worker, is eligible
for a stipend provided the emolument of the worker does not exceed Rs.
10,000/- per month.
vi) Ordinarily, students in receipt of free tuition or any other scholarship/stipend
from Government or other sources are not entitled to stipend under the
scheme. But in cases where such scholarship/stipend does not provide for
Hostel Charges, a grant representing the balance may be sanctioned under the
scheme or 2/3rd of hostel charges whichever is lower.
vii) Students in full time employment or those who wish to pursue their studies in
the institutions/organizations meant for employed workers or through
correspondence course will not be eligible.
d. CONDITIONS AND TENABILITY OF STIPENDS:
i) All stipends awarded under the scheme are tenable only for one academic
session for pursuing regular full time courses in recognized
institutions/organizationss in India only. At the end of each academic session,
a candidate has to make a fresh application with the annual progress report
certified by the Head of the Institutions/organizations where the student was
studying in the previous academic session.
ii) A stipend is tenable on the usual conditions of good conduct and satisfactory
progress. No stipend is granted to a student detained in a class. However, in
case when a student subsequently passes the examination by appearing in the
supplementary examination for the failed subject the educational stipend may
iii) The amount of stipend under the scheme is limited to actual tuition fee and
2/3rd of hostel charges. The balance 1/3rd of the hostel charges will be borne
by the employers/workers. Hostel charges will be payable for the period of stay
(excluding summer, puja and winter vacation) as certified by the Head of the
iv) The children who are interested to complete Diploma courses in Computer
Science may apply for stipend under the educational stipend scheme on the
existing terms and conditions provided that the Diploma Course should not be
less than 2 years course and be conducted by recognized
e. MODE OF APPLICATION :
Application for stipend should be submitted in the stipulated form within one year from
the date of commencement of an academic session during which the stipend is needed. In
exceptional circumstances the delay in submission of application for stipend may be
condoned by the Chairman/Dy. Chairman/Executive Director on merit basis.
f. APPLICATION FORM:
i) Application form can be had from the Head Office, the Regional or the Subregional
offices of the Tea Board free of cost.
ii) Each item for which information is required in the form should be read
carefully and filled in by the student or by his parent/guardian. The statement
should then be verified by the Head of the Institutions/organizations in which
the student is studying as also by the Manager of the Tea Estate in which the
parent/s guardian/s is/are employed.
iii) The original or a certified copy of the mark sheet in respect of the last annual
examination for the elementary/middle/secondary/Higher Secondary/Pre-
Degree/University Examination should be enclosed in the Application. A
certificate from the Head of the Educational Institutions/organizations declaring
that the institutions/organizations is not covered by the scheme of fee
compensation grant of the State Government is necessary for grant of stipend.
iv) Application complete in all respects from tea estates in North India and South
India should be sent to the following addresses respectively.
The Welfare Liaison Officer (North),
14, Biplabi Trailokya Maharaj Sarani,
Kolkata – 700 001.
The Executive Director,
Coonoor Library Road,
Post Box No. 6,
Coonoor – 643 101,
Nilgiris, South India.
g. DISBURSEMENT OF STIPEND:
i) All claim for stipends in respect of a tea estate are to be submitted in a
consolidated bill form framed for the purpose. The form will be supplied free
only to the Manger of a tea estate from the Board’s Head Office in Kolkata as
well as from the Regional Office at Coonoor.
ii) Bills should be submitted in triplicate including an Acquittance Roll at the end of
each quarter, along with evidence of actual payment of tuition fees and hostel
charges like receipts issued by a School/college. Competent Authority may,
however, relax the guidelines on case-to-case basis on genuine ground.
iii) The amount of each bill will be sent to the Manager of the respective tea estate
for disbursement to the guardians individually according to the Acquittance Roll
and this Acquittance Roll is to be returned to the Board’s Office after