Ranchi: The delay in auctioning of kendu leaves used for beedi making can give a big blow to the Jharkhand revenue, as leading kendu producer states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa have already started the process while Jharkhand is yet to initiate any step in this regard.

Madhya Pradesh has decided November 22 as the last day for tenders for kendu leaves collection, while Orissa has set November 23 for receiving the bid for financial year 2012 (April-May). Other kendu producing states including Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have also initiated the formalities of inviting tenders, but Jharkhand is yet to begin the same.

It is to be noted, the kendu leaf contractors head to the state which invites tenders earlier than others. This increases competition and brings good revenue to the state.

Jharkhand has received an overwhelming Rs 30 crores as revenue for the kendu leaves collection and the labourers involved were paid Rs 45 crores in form of wages.

The Forest Development Corporation is required to take an initiative to invite tenders, but on being asked in this regard, General Manager P Puglenthi threw the ball in the Managing Director’s court that a decision is being awaited from his end.

JPN/Bureau