Staff Correspondent

Only about two lakh workers are getting minimum wages

DAVANGERE: Beedi workers in the State, except those in Mangalore and Udupi districts, have been deprived of minimum wages and other statutory benefits. Of the seven lakh beedi workers in the State, only about two lakh people, most of them from Mangalore and Udupi, were getting minimum wages and other benefits, said Syed Mujeeb, state secretary of the Beedi Workers' Federation.

Addressing presspersons at Harihar on Wednesday, he said that according to the agreement reached between the managements of beedi factories and workers, the workers should be paid Rs. 60 for rolling 1,000 beedies and this had been notified by the Government also. He alleged that beedi workers were being paid Rs. 25 for a bundle of 1000 beedis they rolled. Similarly, beedi workers were denied of provident fund and scholarships to children of beedi workers.