The first flush accounts for 20 per cent of the 8 million kg annual production in the hills, Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA) chairman Binod Mohan said.
The rally began at Bhanu Bhakta Bhavan near Mall in Darjeeling and will conclude in the Chowkbazar area.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee marched five-km downhill from Kurseong to the Mahanadi area and then took the return route uphill.
West Bengal Labour Minister Malay Ghatak has to intervene after several rounds of talks between workers' unions and the estate managements had failed.
Standing on the footboard of the train, 53-year-old Pradeep Saxena was trying to take selfie. He suddenly lost balance and slipped off the train
Trade unions in the region are demanding a higher bonus payout at 20 per cent against 12 per cent which has been offered by the management.
The decision to go on a hunger strike and mass leave was taken following the breakdown of talks between the Darjeeling tea workers and the management.
The BJP MP said that the mentioned figure is pure speculation on part of a few individuals and the final figures of how many have been left out etc will only be determined after a few days.
The state had accused its northern neighbour of giving shelter to the GJM supremo who is wanted in several cases including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) (UAPA), murder, rioting and arson.
Tamang blamed party supremo Bimal Gurung for violence in the hills and said the people of the region "will not allow Darjeeling to turn into Kashmir".
The clashes erupted when the police raided Tukvar area near Patlaybas – a stronghold of Bimal Gurung – after receiving information that he had entered Darjeeling through Tukvar.
In the Kurseong Municipality, the GJM had won 17 wards and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) the remaining three in the polls held in May.
The move, the CM Mamata Banerjee hoped, will be welcomed by the people of the Hills though a few may not like it personally.
Shops and markets opened in the hills, defying the indefinite bandh sponsored by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for a separate Gorkhaland.
The West Bengal CM also urged the agitators to bring back normalcy in the hills in the wake of the upcoming ‘Dassain’ festival.