Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the system to provide 100 percent bonus to kendu leaf pluckers at State Secretariat.
The bonus will benefit around 8.3 lakh kendu leaf pluckers and will cost around Rs 130 crore to the state government. The bonus amount will be transferred to the bank account of the beneficiaries through on-ling banking system.
The chief minister described it as a historical step. It would be a real homage to Biju Babu when the poor kendu leaf pluckers, to who he loved much, will get 100 per cent bonus, Patnaik said in a statement .
The government had announced to provide 100 per cent bonus for the kendu leaf pluckers for 2016 in November. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had made the announcement while attending the different programmes held in Boudh and Sabarnapur districts last month.
The government will transfer the bonus money through online method to the bank account of the beneficiaries.