Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Beedi workers in the district struck work on Tuesday in protest against the ban on smoking in public places and demanding the Government to jointly create alternative employment opportunities for the one crore-odd families involved in beedi rolling and allied industries across the country.

The protestors, who staged a demonstration at Melapalayam, said that though the ban would be a right decision, it should have been enforced after ensuring alternative employment opportunities for every family associated with beedi rolling.

Moreover, the Centre’s directive to legibly print skeleton on the label of the beedi bundles would badly affect the sale of the tobacco product, they said.