Published : The New Indian press/
The State Government has announced 100 per cent bonus for kendu leaf pluckers for 2016. The decision will benefit 8.5 lakh pluckers and cost the State exchequer Rs 130 crore per annum. Incentives for seasonal workers and binders have also been raised from 10 to 20 per cent. The decision will benefit 40,000 workers and the State exchequer will have to spent Rs 20 crore per year for the purpose. This was announced by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Boudh and Sonepur districts .