Power to direct owners of estates to plant tea, etc.
16. (1) The Board may, by general or special order, direct the owner of an estate to plant or replant tea on such minimum area in that estate every year as may be specified in the order and may, by the said order or by any other order, direct the manner in which tea shall be cultivated or rehabilitated.
Explanation.-An order regarding the cultivation or rehabilitation of tea may include directions as to the age up to which the tea bushes shall be allowed to continue, the manner in which tea shall be planted, or the extent to which the vacancies shall be permitted.
(2) The Board may also, by general or special order, direct the owner of an estate to plant malakana, layback, rubber, eucalyptus or such other timber of economic value or raise such other crops like black pepper, lemon, citronella, coffee as may be considered expedient in the economic interest of the country in such a minimum area in that estate every year as may be specified in the order.
(3) Any owner of an estate or any director or secretary or other officer of a company, who fails to comply with any such direction issued under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be liable to pay a fine at the rate of Taka one thousand per acre of land every year in respect of which such default is made till such time as the default is made good.
(4) The amount of fine shall be computed by the Secretary of the Board and on such computation the Secretary shall issue notice to the defaulter to pay the said fine within thirty days of the said demand.
(5) Against the computation of fine an appeal shall lie to the Chairman if presented within thirty days of such demand.
(6) Subject to the decision on appeal, the amount computed by the Secretary shall be final and shall be realised as a public demand or as an arrear of land revenue.