Bidi industry in crisis, hits hard workers



RANGPUR: The subsistence of the country’s bidi workers is under threat. Many of them have become weak physically and frail because of constraints, said Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tipu Munshi on Wednesday.

Tipu Munshi was addressing a rally as the chief guest, organized by Bangladesh Bidi Workers Federation at Rangpur Town Hall, Rangpur city.

Tipu Munshi said that now-a- days question have been raised whether the bidi workers will be able to survive or not.

“There have 6 lakhs of bidi workers in Rangpur, we requested the government several times in the Parliament over the last 9 years not to increase tax on bidi, but the Finance Minister increased tax on bidi industry every year. I think the reason is that there are no bidi workers in his region so he has no feeling about them,” Munshi added.

President of Bangladesh Bidi Sramik Federation, Amin Uddin presided over the rally while Professor of the Department of History of the University of Dhaka, Professor Mejbah Kamal, General Secretary of Research and Development Collective (RDC), Jannatul Ferdousi, General Secretary of the Federation, M K Bangalee, Joint Secretary, Abdur Rahman, Organising Secretary, Harik Hossain, Organising Secretary of Rangpur Awami League, Md. Tuhin, Members of the federation, Shamim Hossain, Abul Hasnat Lavlu attended the rally among others.