Orissa`s stick is Chhattisgarh s carrot

Orissa`s stick is Chhattisgarh s carrot orissa might well be at the receiving end of one of Chhattisgarh chief minister (cm) Ajit Jogi's pre-poll sops meant to benefit his own states's forest dwellers.

With elections on the anvil in Chhattisgarh, Jogi has announced a procurement price of Rs 5 per kilogramme (kg) of sal seeds from primary gatherers. Further, in order to ensure that buyers do not make purchases from sources outside the state, a 25 per cent entry tax will be levied on sal seeds from other regions. While these populist measures would enable Jogi to reach out to 67 lakh tribal people who depend on sal seed collection in the state, they will hurt Orissa