Furnace Man, Bidi

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The tasks a Furnace Man, Bidi is expected to perform include:

Baking the bidis in heated furnace to remove moisture and dampness

Heating the furnace by lighting firewood in fire chamber

Removing the hot cinders and ash from fire chamber when furnace attains desired temperature

Placing the steel tray containing bidis on long handle wooden ladle

Pushing the wooden ladle with trays inside furnace and stacking trays on furnace bed

Proficient in operating the furnace

Knowledge of closing furnace door and allowing bidis to bake for specified period

Well-versed with removing baked bidis from furnace and examining them to ensure proper baking

Will be updated

Eye for detail

Decision making skills

Diligent and hard working

Physically fit

Ability to work in high temperature environment

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Tobacco factories usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from one factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazard includes fatigue, leg pain, back pain, cardiovascular diseases, muscular-skeletal disorders, immune deficiency, gastrointestinal disorder, burns, etc.

Health risk includes extreme heat, inadequate illumination, vibration, exposure to dust and chemicals, etc.

For freshers - INR 2,000 to INR 4,000 per month

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 4,000 to INR 6,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Tobacco Industry

Introduced by the Portuguese in the 17th century, Indian tobacco is today appreciated worldwide for its rich, full-bodied flavour and smoothness. It is now an increasingly well-known and well-respected commodity in world tobacco markets and has found its way into cigarettes manufactured in many different countries.

Tobacco, in India, makes a significant contribution to the national economy. Tobacco is an important commercial crop that provides employment to nearly 36 million people, who are engaged in the various process of tobacco cultivation, curing, grading, manufacturing and marketing. The Tobacco Board is a facilitator for tobacco growers, traders and exporters. By creating synergies amongst these stakeholders, the Board fosters a vibrant enterprise with a deep social conscience and strong national commitment.

Growth Estimates and Latest Trends of Tobacco Industry in India

Exports of Indian tobacco and tobacco products have witnessed a rising trend and growth in the past few years. As of December 2014, the exports showed that India has so far exported 18,003 tonnes of tobacco in the period of 2014-15.

Currently, India is the second-largest exporter of FCV tobacco in the world and Indian tobacco is exported to around 100 countries. India exports unmanufactured tobacco primarily to Western Europe, South & South-east Asia, East Europe and Africa. All these factors put together is only going to increase the job opportunities in the Tobacco Industry across towns and cities in India.

Tobacco factories across India

Town and cities across India