Agriculture Darjeeling tea planters hope for a better season this year Updated : April 17, 2018 12:15 PM IST West Bengal government had proposed an interim hike of Rs 17.50 to increase the remuneration to Rs 150. Absenteeism in the estates could be up to 35 percent. There has been a delayed start to the new season due to cold weather conditions and reclamation of gardens. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.