Nearly 13 lakh families to get benefitted from tendupatta collection work
Nearly Rs 668 crore to be distributed as wages to tendupatta collectors in two months
Necessary Preparations made under the guidance of Forest Minister Akbar
Raipur, April 26
Tendupatta collection work has been started in Chhattisgarh, in the current year 2021. Collection target of 16 lakh 71 thousand standard sacks Tendupatta has been set for the current year in the state.
As per the vision of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and under the guidance of Forest and Climatic Change Minister Mohammad Akbar, all the necessary preparation for systematic collection of tendupatta in the state has been made. It is noteworthy that Rs 4 thousand per standard sack has been decided to be the wage rate for tendupatta collection in year 2021. Nearly 13 lakh tribal and forest dweller tendupatta collector families in Chhattisgarh will be directly benefitted from tendupatta collection work. In this collection season, Rs 668 crore will be distributed as wages to the tendupatta collectors in the months of May and June.
Chief Minister Baghel had recently directed during the district-wise review of COVID situation that the collection work of minor forest produce in the state should also be continued, so that the people in need do not have to wander for employment and they get to earn a surplus income. Officials concerned have been asked to ensure compliance to the guidelines and necessary precautions of COVID-19 during the collection of minor forest produce.
In this regard, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar has also instructed Principal Secretary Forest Manoj Pingua and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief of Forest Force Rakesh Chaturvedi to take necessary action in this direction in all the forest divisions.
Managing Director, State Minor Forest Produce Federation, Sanjay Shukla informed that presently Tendupatta collection work is going on under Dantewada and Sukma Forest Division (District Union) of the state. Tendupatta collection in all 31 district unions will be started byl the first week of May. The remuneration for Tendupatta collection will be transferred online directly to the bank accounts of tendupatta labourers.
He also informed that this year the notified quantity of 954 lots in 31 district unions of the state is estimated at 16.717 lakh standard bags, out of which the advance sale average rate of 13.481 lakh standard bags for 775 lots at the rate of Rs. 6609 per standard bag amounts to Rs. 890.97 crore, which is 22% more in quantity and 56 percent more in value as compared to the year 2020. Departmental collection of 3.236 lakh standard bags of tendu leaves will be done for the remaining 179 lots.
Likewise, Additional Managing Director SS Bajaj informed that all the lots of District Union Bijapur, East Bhanupratappur and Dharamjaigarh of the state have been sold in advance. The District Unions, where maximum quantity of tendupatta collection is expected, include Balrampur, Sukma, Jagdalpur, Keshkal, South Kondagaon, and West Bhanuprattappur. Maximum department collection of 85 thousand 100 standard bags is to be done in Balrampur district union, whereas the second largest quantity of tendupatta departmental collection would be done in Keshkal district union i.e. 34 thousand 600 standard bags. Departmental collection of 22 thousand 600 standard bags in Keshkal district union and 22 thousand 100 standard bags in Jagdalpur district union would be done. Nutrition officers and phad munis have been appointed in all the committees of the state. Bags, tarpaulins, pesticides, stationery and sanitizers etc. have been arranged in all the district unions for collection work and warehouses have been identified for storage.