MISCELLANEOUS OCCUPATIONS

PAN BIDI SHOPS

Pan-bidi shops are small establishments but are quite large in number. An average shop provides employment to a single worker generally, though his average net earning is quite fair. The number of persons engaged in retail trading in bidis, cigarettes and other tobacco products was 1,557 in 1961 in the district. The average income of a medium-size establishment is found to be about Rs. 650 per month and that of a small-size shop Rs. 210 per month.

Betel-leaves, betel-nut, lime or chuna, catechu or kath, tobacco, anise-seeds, cardamom, menthol, various types of masalas, etc. are required by a pan-bidi shop. All these things are bought in the local market from the retail traders. Bidis and cigarettes are obtaiaed from the agents of manufacturers or from the wholesale traders. The expenditure on accessories depends upon the size of the establishment. In case of a medium-size shop it ranges from Rs. 300 to Rs. 600 per month, while in the case of a small shop from Rs. 80 to Rs. 120 per month.

Nut-crackers, china pots with metal rods, buckets, pair of scissors, etc. are required as tools for a pan-bidi shop. The cost of tools and equipment varies from Rs. 150 to Rs. 600.

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