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World Bank probes Tata tea project over worker abuse

Three non-governmental organisations complained to CAO in Feb last year about alleged worker violations


The World Bank said on Thursday it was investigating claims of labour and human rights abuses at a tea plantation project that it jointly finances with tea giant Tata Global Beverages in Assam. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a member of the World Bank Group - said its accountability office decided to probe the project, run by Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), after charities complained that tea pickers were being exploited. "The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has announced an investigation into whether IFC followed its policies and procedures in ...

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First Published: Fri, February 14 2014. 09:39 IST