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Chief Minister Odisha announces Rs 222 crore bonus for Kendu Leaf pluckers, workers

Bhubaneswar:9/7/19: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced that Rs 222 crore bonus and cash rewards will be given to workers engaged in Kendu Leaf trade for 2018 harvest year.

The CM made the announcement while chairing a meeting of Kendu Leaf Development Board at the Secretariat here today.

According to the discussion at the meeting, at present 8,52,000 Kendu Leaf pluckers, 20,650 binding workers, and 17,860 casual workers are engaged in Kendu Leaf trade in the state. The Kendu Leaf trade is creating 1 crore working day for them in a year.

Kendu Leaf trade plays a pivotal role in the development of the state. People belonging to the tribal community and economically weaker sections are working in the trade. The bonus and cash reward will help in their social and economic development,” the CM said.

“The profits earned from Kendu Leaf trade will be spent for the development of the tribal community and Kendu Leaf pluckers have been accepted as partners,” the CM added.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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