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Odisha Chief Minister announced Rs 92.37 crore bonus for kendu leaf pluckers

Bhubaneswar:11/1/21: Bringing cheers to kendu leaf pluckers and other workers in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs 92.37 crore bonus and other financial assistance for them.
During a meeting of the Kendu Leaf Development Board chaired by the Chief Minister through video conference here, Rs 59.78 crore bonus was announced.

An official said the board sanctioned Rs 92.37 crore towards bonus and other assistance for pluckers, binding workers and temporary employees and infrastructure development.

Also, the Chief Minister hiked the ex-gratia for workers associated with kendu leaf plucking from Rs 1 lakh each to Rs 2 lakh in case of death or complete disability.

During the pandemic situation, the Kendu Leaf Development Board created more than 60 lakh work days. As many as 7,54,631 kendu leaf pluckers, 18,223 binding workers and 16,533 temporary employees were benefitted with the move.

The official further said a total of Rs 250 crore was transferred to the bank accounts of beneficiaries under the DBT scheme in the 2020 crop season.

Among others, 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 in the meeting.

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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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