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Hyderabad: Pay bonus money to Beedileaf workers: Minister Indrakaran Reddy orders to forest officials

Forest and Environment Minister Indrakaran Reddy has directed to the forest officials to take steps to pay the collection bonus (net revenue) to Tunikaku (Beedi leaf) which provides employment to tribals and labourers.

On Friday at Aranya Bhavan, a review was conducted with the forest officials on the pending bonus payments for the collection of tunikaku to the laborers and the measures to be taken for the collection of tunikaku this season.

Officials explained to the minister that beedi leaf collected in forest areas spread across 30 districts in 37 divisions are being collected by the State Forest Development Corporation.

He said that after the repartition of the state, there was a delay in the payment of bonus due to the calculation of the net revenue shares of the two states and the collection of the details of the workers as they were in different areas.

The collection of the names and bank account details of the laborers to be collected for Tunikaku has been completed and about Rs. 233 crore bonus money has to be paid.

In the meeting, the minister said that there has been a serious delay in the payment of bonus and arrangements should be made to pay the bonus money to the laborers as soon as possible.

Actions should be taken without any hindrance for the collection of Beedileaf, which provides income to about 2.50 lakh tribal and non-tribal laborers in summer.

He said that the local people have full rights over the forest and the state government will pay the royalty money to the laborers in the form of bonus with the intention that the income from the forest wealth should also belong to the people of the area.

In this meeting, MLA Durgam Chinnaiah, Forest Department Special CS Ms. A. Shanti Kumari, PCCF (HoFF) Mr. R.M. Dobrial, Forest Development Corporation VC & MD Dr. G. Chandrasekhar Reddy, Additional PCCF Mr Vinay Kumar and others participated.

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