Directorate of Employment and Training Department of Factories and Boilers Directorate of ESIS(M) Services

7. The Beedi and Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966.  (Central  Act  w.e.f.   01-12-66)

Object This Act provides for the welfare of workers in beedi and cigar establishments and to regulate the conditions of their work. 
Applicability It extends to the whole of India and applies to all establishments which are manufacturing Beedi or Cigar. 
Licence for Industrial Premises Licence is compulsory under the Act.     Application  for  licence  shall  be  made  in  duplicate in Form –I along with details of premises to the concerned Assistant Labour Commissioner.  The licence fee is also there which ranges from Rs. 30/- to Rs. 3,750/- depends upon number of employees and also use of power as follows:


No. of employees proposed to be employed on any day during the financial year

In which power machinery is used


In which power machinery is not used


Up to 10



11 –20















Above 500




The workers are entitled for leave with wages, health and welfare and also regulated working hours. Penalties are prescribed under the Act for violations.



The Beedi & Cigar workers (Conditions of Employment) Karnataka Rules, 1969 – applies to whole State of Karnataka


Important Registers to be maintained under the Rules:

a)   Leave with wages    Form-VI & VII (Home workers)

b)   Muster roll of employees –   Form-XIII

c)    Home Workers Log book   - Form XIV

d)   Monthly Return – Form XI

e)   Annual Return – Form XII


Other Central Acts & Rules on beedi workers:

a)   The Beedi Workers Welfare Cess Act 1976 –

b)   The Beedi Workers Welfare Cess Rules, 1977 –

c)    The Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act 1976 –

d)   The Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Rules 1978 –

       (administered by the Welfare Commissioner – Central, GOI)

An Advisory Committee for the State of Karnataka is constituted by the Central Government (headquarters of which is at Bangalore) under Section 5 of the Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1976, (62 of 1976) vide Notification dated 06-09-2000 as follows: 


Minister for Labour,
Government of Karnataka,



Welfare Commissioner, Bangalore



Labour Commissioner, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore

Member (ex-officio) State Government representative


Shri D R  Patil, Member of Legislative Assembly, Hulkoti, Gadag

Member – Member of the Legislative Assembly


Shri A Parameswara Mayya, Secretary, Karmataka Beedi Industries Association, PVS Sadan, Kodiyal Bail, Mangalore.

Member – Employers’ representative


Shri B Gopalkrishna Acharya, Director, Jyothi Home Industries, Beedi Manufacturer Kendra Office, No. 171, (Mahadi), Ramavilas Road, Mysore – 570 024.

Member – Employers’ representative


Shri Rachaiah, President, Karnataka Bidi Karmik Sangh, C/o B M S Office, Flexipai Bazar, Mangalore.

Workers’ representative


Sri Venugopal Verma, President, Karnataka State Beedi Workers Union, No. 131/B, Nissar Building, J C Layout, Devasandra, K R  Puram, Bangalore.

Workers’ representative


Smt. Aminabi Ibrahim Hukkeri, Asistant Secretary, Dhawad Beedi Workers Union, Near Old Hubli bridge, Hubli.

Member – women representative


Welfare Administrator, Labour Welfare Organisation, Bangalore.



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