TWO MEMBERS of the Lok Sabha, Sharad Bansode (BJP) and R Dhruvanarayana (Congress), registered their opposition to increasing the size of the pictorial warning on tobacco products.They argued that the anti-tobacco campaign had adversely affected the livelihood of farmers and beedi-workers, and said the recommendation of a parliamentary committee on restricting the pictorial warning to 50 per cent should be adhered to.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Bansode said beedi workers could be rendered jobless. The two MPs received support from several others across party lines. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said a balance should be struck between the health of people and livelihood of farmers.
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