Bhopal:Sunday, April 27:The state government has issued instructions to forest officers to maintain good quality in Tendu Patta collection. According to the instructions issued in this connection by Principal Secretary Forests Shri Prashant Mehta, the forest officials have also been directed to undertake intensive inspection of Tendu Patta collection.
The works to be inspected during Tendu Patta collection include proper pruning and timely payment to labourers. The officials have also been instructed to watch whether payment is being made at every collection centre as per collection rates fixed for various districts and whether the collected Tendu Patta is fit and mature enough for rolling Bidis from it. Besides, all necessary efforts are being undertaken for collection of Tendu leaves as per estimates. Every packet contains 50 Tendu leaves in it and timely and proper payment is being made to the labourers for collecting Tendu Patta.
Similarly, treatment of Tendu leaves (shuffling, drying etc.), and stuffing the same in gunny bags (irrigation and tight stuffing Tendu leaves in gunny bags two hours before the sunrise) is being done properly. Names of the collection centre, committee, number of packets and year of collection are being inscribed correctly on the stuffed gunny bags and the gunny bags are being properly dried at the collection centres.
The other works to be inspected by forest officials include transportation of Tendu Patta bags to godown after drying up, sample test of five percent bags (every 20th bag) at reaching the godown and proper maintenance of godown register. Besides, they have been instructed to inspect the work of collection of Mahua Gulli and Achar Guthli as well as plantation of medicinal plants. Tendu Patta is being supplied to the buyers in disposed of lots at the collection centre and receipt of exact quantity is being obtained and kept save. The forest officials have also been instructed to undertake efforts to redress the problems being experienced by buyers at sale centres.
Forest officials have also been asked to send the report about these inspections to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Rajya Laghu Vanopaj Sangh so that corrective measures can be taken.