Odisha government announces 50 percent bonus for Kendu leaf pluckers

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 11, 2024 IST

Odisha government announces 50 percent bonus for Kendu leaf pluckers

Bhubaneswar,Feb 11: Odisha Government today announced 50 percent increase in the bonus of Kendu leaf pluckers for the current crop season.

As per the Chief Minister’s announcement, laborers dealing with Kendu leaves  will get 50 per cent bonus for the current crop season. The amount will deposited directly in their bank account, 5T chairman Kartik Pandian informed at a programme in Sambalpur on Sunday.

Similarly, 10 percent incentive has been announced for binders and temporary workers. Temporary employees will be given one month more work.

The Chief Minister also announced an increase in the price of kendu leaf bundle. The bundle of 20 leaves has been increased from Rs 1.40 to Rs 1.60. Similarly, the bundle of 40 leaves has been increased from Rs 2.80 to Rs 3.20.

It is worth mentioning that the government has also accepted the wage revision proposal for temporary employees. Their TA and Cycle Allowance have been increased by 50 percent. Pensioners can join the social security scheme till the age of 62 years. Earlier this age limit was 60 years.

Apart from it, during the new crop season starting from next April, Kendu leaf pluckers family will get financial assistance for their two daughters’ marriage. They will get Rs 25,000 for the wedding of each daughter.

About 9 lakh pluckers, binders, and temporary workers will be benefited by the Chief Minister’s initiative for the welfare of kendu leaf pluckers. The State government will spend more than Rs 150 crores for this new development.

 

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