Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced financial assistance of around 92.37 crores for the benefit of Kendu leaf pluckers and other workers associated with it. The amount was sanctioned towards bonus and other compensation for the pluckers, binding workers and temporary employees, and infrastructure development.
While reviewing the welfare of the people especially the tribals who are engaged in Kendu leaf activities CM Patnaik then announced the financial aid to be provided to the workers. A total amount of 59.78 crores will be dispensed as a bonus to the workers. Even the ex gratia for workers affiliated with Kendu leaf plucking was also increased from 1 Lakh each to 2 Lakh in case of the death or permanent disability of a Kedu leaf worker.
The State Government from 2014 has already made a procurement for providing a bonus to the people who are engaged in Kendu leaf trade which comes from the profit been made.
CM further informed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic more than 60 Lakh workdays were created by the Kendu Leaf Development Board. As many as 7, 54,631 kendu leaf pluckers, 18,223 binding workers, and 16,533 temporary employees were also benefitted. Usually, Kendu leaves are mainly used for the roll-up of Beedis.
As per the reports, a total amount of 250 crores was given to the bank accounts of all the beneficiaries that come under the DBT scheme in the 2020 crop season.
Along with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Ministers Bikram Keshari Arukha and Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, 5T Secretary VK Pandian, and senior officials of the Forest and Environment Department were present.
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