Bangladesh Bidi Industry Owners Association called for tax reduction and announcement of cottage industry status for bidi industry.
The president of the association Bijoy Krishna De presented the demands before Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith at a meeting in the secretariat on Sunday.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and coordinator of Bangladesh Bidi Industry Owners Association Ali Sadat Khan were present at the meeting.
Bijoy Krishna De discussed with the finance minister about the withdrawal of ‘extra tax’ on the home-grown bidi industry to save the sector, which employs people mostly from the extremely poor community.
He also mentioned that “India declared the Bidi as cottage industry, so we also urged government to announce it as cottage industry and ensure rights of the 20 lakh workers mostly from the extremely poor community.