Mangaluru: Beedi industry facing hardship, labourers seek alternative arrangement

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Mar 2: Beedi industry, which used to be the livelihood of crores of families once upon a time is marching towards extinction. Shortage of labourers and countless conditions of the government have pushed this industry to the brink of closure.

According to the agreement entered into with WHO, before banning the beedi, a product of harmful tobacco, no attempt is made to provide an alternative way of livelihood to countless labourers employed by this industry. Lacs of families are suffering because of this situation.

There were eight lac beedi labourers in Karnataka some years ago. In the undivided district of Dakshina Kannada there were five lac beedi industry employees. However, the number has depleted considerably now.

India is taking steps towards making the country tobacco-free after signing an open agreement with the world community to get rid of the tobacco menace. There are around one crore beedi employees who are directly employed by the industry. In addition, there are agriculturists who grow the beedi leaves and the leaf collectors, which takes the total number of employees to three crore.

Beedi workers are in the lowest strata of society. Their life is further devastated by the inflation due to which they are not able to buy even groceries for living. They get just 100 rupees if they roll 1,000 beedis. Beedi rollers who roll 1,500 beedis per week get only Rs 700 to 800 per month. There is every chance that lac of families of beedi workers will be on streets due to not alternative work.

Though the WHO had the aim of making the world tobacco-free by 2020, it has not reached the target. But steps in this direction are in progress. Many nations, including India have banned smoking. But the plight of people employed in this industry is not taken care of.






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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 03 2021

    Beedi industry was brought by former PM Smt. Indira Gandhi for the welfare of Indian poor to have livelihood as well as affordable beedis as only rich were enjoying Cigarettes and Cigars in olden days. She also brought Desi Daaru ( Gangasara) for the poor. Show me one politician who did such good work from other parties......

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Wed, Mar 03 2021


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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    BD rolling is an easy job and does not demand physical strenghth. People do not want to exert efforts or hard labour to do menial labor. These BDs production must be modernized with good packing and added flavor. But smoking is bad for health.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Mar 03 2021

    Flavian kuwait,for you rolling beedies is a easy job.?Did you ever done?Sitting all the time for several hours ?and the smell of this Tabacco powder for long time?Later these women suffer from Asthma .who will give them medicine ?One of my sister .in law was rolling beedies for long time .She has this Asthma now.Many dont know ,tabacco powder they inhale is not healthy.Beedies they rolled are also not accepted if something is not correct.The simply brake it and give back.But thats the only one earning something for them who are not educated.and can lookafter the children .

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    These days ,even construction labor gets 500 to 600 Rs per day in DK and Udupi. In this region nobody wants to do the so called menial jobs.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    male Beedi workers can explore options in B D...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    "Beedi industry facing hardship, labourers seek alternative arrangement".......they have to.....if they depend on Government they must be ready to die without food.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    Now Beedi Industry will also close down ...

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    It is sad to know that beedi industry will soon face hardship and laborers will be hard hit. WHO wants to stop these due to health reasons. As far as I know many of these workers are working at home and making a living for themselves and their families. I hope the government find alternative arrangement for them before economy becomes more weak.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    It's a premitve local industry of poor people of India. Now the time has come to abandon this industry and find alternative employment to local people. Due to beedis many people suffered health and miserable life. Find a solution as per WHO.

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  • crasta, udupi

    Tue, Mar 02 2021

    only the huge tax paying branded cigarettes are not in tobacco menace.

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