Government released 43 crore aid amount, urged to withdraw GST on kendu leaves

Government of Odisha distributed Rs 43 crore as financial assistance to kendu leaf pluckers, binders and seasonal workers. This information was given in an official statement. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik On Saturday wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, urging the Center to withdraw 18 per cent GST on the trade of kendu leaves as it is linked to the livelihood of poor people.

In an official statement released on Sunday, it has been said that this amount was given in a program under the special package of the state government for the poor people engaged in the business of kendu leaves. It said that in the package, Rs 1,000 was given to each kendu leaf plucker and Rs 1,500 to each seasonal worker and leaf binder in the first phase as an interim measure.

After the removal of the code of conduct, the people of Bargarh will get this help

Kendu leaves are used to wrap beedis, and are one of the important forest produce that support the livelihood of about eight lakh people. Patnaik said that although the people of 12 districts got help, people of Bargarh would get this help after the Model Code of Conduct was lifted due to the by-elections for Padampur assembly constituency to be held on December 5.

About 33 percent of the crop was damaged

At the same time, in the past, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced an aid amount of Rs 200 crore for the drought-affected areas of the state. In a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), it was said that the Odisha government will bear the entire cost of the aid amount. In fact, this announcement was made by Naveen Patnaik after farmers of Padampur assembly constituency signed a petition and demanded input subsidy and claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for agricultural losses during Kharif 2021. According to the report, 64 blocks and 15 urban local bodies (ULBs) in 12 districts of Odisha did not receive good rainfall this year. Because of this, about 33 per cent of the crop grown on 2,63,560 hectares of land got damaged.

asked to provide the necessary funds

At the same time, despite continuous follow-up action of the state government with the Technical Advisory Council under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, many farmers affected by the drought have not yet received crop insurance money. In such a situation, the collectors of the affected districts have been asked to provide the necessary funds to the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

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