Tendu auction brings all-time high revenue of Rs 155 cr

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2017 11:01:45

By Ramesh Marulkar,

Forest Department earned a revenue of whopping Rs 155 crore in tendu auction by e-tendering for the tendu season 2017. This is all time high revenue (royalty) earned by the department so far. The revenue for last year’s tendu auction was just Rs 55 crore.

The Department had put a total of 282 tendu units with 3.45 lakh standard bags in non-schedule areas on sale. As many as 145 bidders had shown interest but 4 were disqualified. The department received 892 bids through which the up-set price of tendu leaves in 267 units went high. The department, therefore, sold these units only in the first round. It would now float new e-tenders for the remaining 15 tendu units shortly.

This was disclosed by A Ashraf, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ at Van Bhavan here on Tuesday. He said that the department advanced e-tendering process in December instead of January. The competition increased due to transparent e-tendering of auction. Moreover, there was also good demand for tendu leaves and hence the commodity was sold right in the first round. Earlier, the department had held auction rounds for four to five times, he added.

The rates for tendu leaves this year were generally high in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradehs, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Bidders from Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Wardha, Chandrapur, Central Chanda, Brahmapuri, parts of Gadchiroli division, Wadsa, Alapalli, Yavatmal, Pandharkawda, Pusad, Akola, Amravati division, Buldana, Dhule, Jalgaon and Aurangabad participated in the aucition. The Forest Department left tendu collection for gram sabhas in schedule areas as they have been given ownership of NTFP, including tendu leaves, under PESA Act, 1996. The gram sabhas are managing tendu auctions in schedule areas in Gadchiroli, some parts of Yavatmal,Chandrapur districts and entire Melghat since 2015.

Ashraf said that the tendu pluckers would get a bonus of around Rs 142 crore by deducting the administrative cost of Rs 13 crore out of Rs 155 crore. There are over three lakh tribal and non-tribal persons engaged in Maharashtra in tendu leaves collection, which is done in April month.

At many places, three to four persons from a family undertake plucking of tendu leaves and earn wages. They dry up tendu leaves on the open grounds and make bundles, each of 70. A standard bag consists of 1,000 such bundles.

He said that the tendu pluckers this year would get a good amount in bonus at a stroke that can help them bear educational, marriage or other house-hold expenditure, providing much wanted relief to these weaker sections of society.

The revenue by way of tendu auction was Rs 141 crore in 2012, Rs 63 crore in 2013, Rs 55 crore in 2014, Rs 30 crore in 2015 and Rs 50 crore in 2016.