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WEST BENGAL-The Dispossessed of Kolaghat

and in Pachapur it is 24 kilos. Each area has its own peculiar customs also. Certain rebates are demanded in the purchase of tobacco. These are popularly known as 'cuts' and these vary from area to area. In kadakla, for example, certain 'cuts' are made in the weighing of the tobacco: 7 to 9 kilos are cut for tobacco thread and dust; 3 kilos are cut for the weight of the gunny bag; and the most peculiar cut is the 'air- cut', which is the amount that is reduced for tobacco flying in the air at the time of measuring. One kilo is normally deducted as 'air-cut'. Over and above this there is a concession 'cut' of Rs 5 per hundered rupees. So if a fanner gets Rs 800 for 80 kilos his 'cuts' would he as follows:

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