Bonus for tendu leaf pluckers in Madhya Pradesh has been increased from 1950 to Rs 1250, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday.
Madhya Pradesh has about 32 lakh tendu leaf pluckers and more than 15,000 joint forest management (JFM) committees across the state.
The leaf pluckers are largely tribal and constitute an important group whose political potential was first recognised in the 1980s by then chief minister Arjun Singh who nationalised the tendu leaf business to protect economic interests of forest dwellers.
Addressing a meeting of tendu leaf pluckers and joint forest management committees at the Jamboree ground, Chouhan said the ruling BJP was committed to moving ahead with every section of society.
Compensation in case of death in attack by wild animal increased
The compensation payable in case of death in attack by a wild animal will be increased to Rs 4 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh presently, the chief minister said.
He said a panchayat of van samitis would be convened at the CM House and that they play an important role in the protection and conservation of forests.
Cheques were distributed to presidents of JFM committees along with cheques bearing bonus amounts.
About 20,000 people were present at the Jamboree ground, as per independent estimates. Those attending the program had come from various districts of the state.
The chief minister also felicitated six IFS and one state forest service officer during the programme.
The officers who were felicitated are retired principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Suhas Kumar, additional PCCF of wildlife RP Singh, chief conservator of forests (CCF) of wildlife R Sriniwas Murthy, Kanha tiger reserve field director JS Chauhan, APCCF development Y Satyam, CCF AK Patil and assistant conservator of forests Ritesh Sirothia.
Forest minister Dr Gauri Shankar Shejwar, rural development and co-operatives minister Gopal Bhargava and state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan were also addressed the function.