Tea Board has issued showcause notices to 16 biofertiliser and eight prompt tea factories situated in different areas of South India for alleged violations of statutory prerequisites.

4 groups of board officers executed inspections and learned a number of deviations from the Board’s rules,” Tea Board Executive Director M Balaji stated.

“These units have not maintained statutory information effectively. They failed to produce related details on the sale of their end merchandise,” the ED stated.

“Their production actions had been not carried out in accordance with the terms set in their licences. In addition to, they have not submitted returns effectively,” he stated.