I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
KENDU LEAF SMUGGLED FROM BALANGIR Saturday, 24 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
KENDU LEAF SMUGGLED FROM BALANGIR
Saturday, 24 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
It is common
to find electronic items, gold and other costly goods smuggled and sold in
market illegally to make huge profit and often caught by police.
However in a
new development, Kendu leaf, which is nationalised product and whose trade is
carried out by a Government agency and provides a minimum annual profit of over
Rs 100 crore to the Government, has turned out to be a new target of smugglers.
district, which is otherwise infamous for its poverty, distress migration of
poor people to brick kilns in other States in search of livelihood, produces
one of the finest quality of Kendu leaves.
sources, three days ago, a forest official in charge of Kendu leaf trade had
gone to the Balangir railway station and noticed suspicious movement of some
women. When he inquired, he came to know that Kendu leaf was being smuggled
from here to Kolkata.
official followed a woman, she fled from the spot. Following the lead, the
official located a house near the railway station but couldn't find any Kendu
leaf in the house.
has lent credence to reports that Kendu leaf is being smuggled from district to
Kolkata in connivance with dishonest officials here. Local have demanded a
through inquiry in this regard and action against the culprits.