Signatures of more than 5 lakh people of the country have been handed over to the Bangladesh Bidi Workers Federation in an effort to realise various demands, including withdrawal of discriminatory tariff in the bidi industry.
The signatures were collected from different districts of the country.
Region-based Bidi Sramik Federation leaders handed the signatures in the form of a book at a programme organised at the National Press Club auditorium in the capital on Tuesday morning.
At the gathering, the leaders demanded that the bidi industry of Bangladesh be declared as a cottage industry like in India to keep tax-free the factories producing less than 20 lakh sticks.
They said bidi industry should not be shut before cigarettes.
President of Bangladesh Bidi Workers Federation Amin Uddin, General Secretary MK Bangali, Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman and Organising Secretary Herik Hossain were also present.
Besides, bidi workers, tobacco farmers, bidi traders and consumers from across the country took part in it.