Mangaluru, Jan 31, 2018: Speaking at the Beedi Workers and Contractors’ Convention organised by the South Kanara Udupi District Beedi Contractors’ Union at the Town Hall in city on Jan 30, Tuesday; Ramanath Rai, District-in-Charge Minister, assured that Karnataka state government will positively respond to the problems faced by the beedi workers and contractors.
“Though the beedi industry is a strong business in the coastal region, it had been facing lot of hurdles. Several workers are dependent on the industry for their livelihood. In the past, the Central government had extended facilities like bonus, maternity allowance, medical facility, etc, for the beedi workers. Assistance was offered to the beedi workers through the Beedi Welfare Fund,” Ramanath Rai explained.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel too spoke and said that both the Centre and the state governments were supporting the beedi workers. “The beedi industry has contributed to the development of the district. When mega industries failed to provide employment on a largescale, it was the beedi industry which provided employment to the people of the coastal district,” he said.
The beedi industry was also facing shortage of tobacco leaves and market facilities. Following health issues, there were verdicts which were not in favour of the beedi industry. The problems faced by the beedi workers will be brought to the notice of the Union Minister, Kateel added.
Mayor Kavitha Sanil, Cashew Development Corporation president B H Khader and others were present on the occasion.