As part of the effort to grant tribal communities rights to minor forest produce, the Maharashtra Government has granted permission to 81 gram sabhas in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts of the state

A total of 266,000 standard bags of tendu leaf have been collected in Madhya Pradesh this year.

New Delhi In a move that is expected to benefit millions of people earning their livelihood from the forest, the government has decided to appoint a special commission for fixing minimum support price (MSP) for minor forest produce like bamboo, mahua and tendu leaves.

The commission is expected to be appointed by January 2013 under the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (Trifed), tribal affairs minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Monday. The Planning Commission has already given its approval for setting up such a commission. “There is a procedure for setting up a commission. We have received a go ahead from the Planning Commission and Trifed will be its nodal agency,” Deo said.

A response to “A Rational Taxation System of Bidis and Cigarettes to Reduce Smoking Deaths in India” (EPW, 15 October 2011). It is important to first have better information on the production of tendu leaves and bidis, and then to correct the prices of inputs (including wages) if tax policies are to have a salutary impact on bidi smoking.

Right to land and forest resources still remains a distant dream for women across the country.

In 1964, the Madhya Pradesh government nationalised the tendu leaf used in bidi-making to stop exploitation of the tendu gathering tribals by private traders. Nearly five decades later, the tribals now get just Rs 65 for collecting, drying and packaging 1,000 leaves in a day, way less than the daily wage of even an unskilled labourer. It is the state that they need saving from!

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The Environment Ministry is moving ahead with its efforts to ensure a minimum support price for minor forest produce such as bamboo and tendu leaves.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has reiterated his ministry

In an effort to wean away tribals from the Maoists, the Environment Ministry is pushing for a minimum support price for minor forest produce like bamboo and tendu patta.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is taking up the matter with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

A minimum support price (MSP) for minor forest produce (MFP) would help increase the earnings of the tribal population.

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce Cooperative Federation earned a net profit of Rs 104 crore from tendu leaf (diospyros melonoxylon) trade previous year.
Federation's Chairman Vishwas Sarang told reporters here today that families of 31 lakh tendu leaves pluckers will be provided Rs 62 crore as cash incentive before Deepawali.

Pointing out that the Federation had clocked a profit of me