According to data from the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), forestry workers who came from outside the country have been earning less than their counterparts who came here for the same work.
According to the data, in 2017, the average annual income of forest workers working from outside India was Rs 3,056 per month, whereas the average income of those working from India for the exact same work was Rs 1,966.
This discrepancy has been happening for the last three years.
The data also shows that the average wage of forest laborers is less than that of forest labourers in neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
This is because of a variety of reasons.
For instance, Nepalese forest workers are paid Rs 1.60 per day while forest workers in Bangladesh earn Rs 1 and a half per day.
In the case of the Indian workers, the discrepancy is due to their lack of experience in India and lack of training.
This may also be due to the fact that in India, forest workers have to apply for an annual leave of absence.
The Ministry of Forest Development (MDF) has been urging forest workers to start training by September, the end of this year.