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NGOs seek protection to beedi industry

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BANGALORE: Several non-governmental organisations have urged the Central Government to enact legislation to protect employment opportunities in the beedi industry and save it from the onslaught of multinational tobacco companies.

With the removal of quantitative restrictions in the post GATT regime, tobacco productions of other countries were flooding the Indian market. About eight lakh people were employed in the beedi industry in 13 districts of the State. Dakshina Kannada alone had over four lakh beedi workers, and the country earned about Rs 800 crore per annum from the industry.

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