Covid: Vaccine priority for Bengal tourism staff

The state government has decided to include tourism sector workers in the priority group for vaccination, a move that has brought a sigh of relief to an industry among the worst-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, there is no clarity whether the nearly three lakh tea garden workers from north Bengal are included on the vaccination-priority list.

The list issued by the Bengal’s health and family welfare department also includes those working in micro, small and medium enterprises, khadi workers, handloom weavers, rice, flour mill and cold storage workers along with “industrial workers”.

Confusion prevails on whether the tea workers fall under the “industrial workers” category.

Tea and tourism are the mainstay of the hill economy.

“We are hopeful that workers in the tea industry will fall under the industrial workers category,” said Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association.

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