Mangaluru, Feb 25: Hundreds of Beedi workers and contractors staged a protest in front of the Mini Vidhana Saudha against the proposed amendments to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), here on Thursday.
Before staging the protest, a rally carried out from Hampankatta to the Mini Vidhana Saudha.
The protest was organised by various Beedi workers unions and contractors associations.
The protestors questioned why the government was making a move towards amending the Act without creating alternate employment opportunities for Beedi workers.
CITU District Secretary J Balakrishna Shetty, HMS leader Muhammad Rafi, AITUC Secretary Seetharam Berinja and others participated in the protest.