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Beedi workers demand improvement

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Published on Apr 30, 2008

Gwalior, Apr 30 (ANI): India's 'beedi' or hand-rolled traditional cigarette workers have demanded better deal as they bewail bad working conditions and low wages in beedi-making industry.Thousands of women in the predominantly unorganized sector work for long hours to roll beedi-tobacco rolled into tendu leaves-also called Indian cigars. Most of the beedi manufacturing companies outsource bidi rolling to women for a paltry wage. They are on an average paid less than 50 rupees or $1.19 a day.

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