Bhopal to have forest academy
Farm forestry policy in current year
CM announces at mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees
Bhopal, February 8, 2016 (Muslim Saleem): Addressing state level mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees at Jamboree Ground here today, Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to increase tendu leaf collection rate from Rs. 950 to Rs. 1250 per standard bag. Mr. Chouhan said that Forest Academy will be established at Bhopal. Training would be imparted in it to forest staff, members of joint forest management committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies, bamboo craftspersons and farmers.
He said that farm forestry policy to promote growing of trees and bamboos will be announced in the current year. He said that houseless poor urban families will be provided housing facility during Poor Persons Welfare Year. Exhorting forest committees to conserve forests, the Chief Minister said that honorarium of managers of Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies will be increased from Rs. 5000 to 6000 per month.
To benefit tendu leaf collectors, assistance of Rs. 25 thousand given on death will be increased to Rs. 2 lakh. Of this, Rs. one lakh will be given by state government and equal amount by insurance company. In case of total disability, assistance of Rs. one lakh will be given. Assistance of Rs. 25 thousand would be given on normal death of a tendu leaf collector. Mr. Chouhan said that distribution of dividend worth Rs. 45.40 crore on wood and bamboo for year 2015-16 has started. Dividend for wood payable to forest committees will be increased from 10 to 20 percent.
He said that a reward scheme would be launched to give away annual cash prizes to outstanding forest committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies. Joint Forest Management Committees’ partnership in plantation by Forest Development Corporation will be increased and they would be provided dividend. The Chief Minister said that instead of Revenue Department, Forest Department would give compensation against crop loss due to wild animals by separating it from loss due to natural calamities. Mr. Chouhan said that compensation against loss of life due to wild animals will be increased from Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh.
Compensation would also be given on injury to domestic animals by wild life. The Chief Minister said that farmers will be given incentive amount on planting of saplings after obtaining them from any source. Till day, incentive was given only on plantation of saplings purchased from nurseries of Forest Department. Incentive on plantation on private land will be increased from Rs. 10 to Rs.25 per plant. Similarly, incentive to Vandoots motivating to plant saplings will be increased from Rs. 4 to Rs.7 per plant. He said that status of sales centre will be accorded to Nistari depots and bamboo depots. The government will reimburse subsidy against supply of bamboo to eligible beneficiaries on concessional rate.