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Document ID (ISN)102549
CIS number 03-1672
ISSN - Serial title Collective Initiatives
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rao S.
Title Beedi industry in Rajnandgaon district: Some emerging issues of concern
Bibliographic information Oct. 2002, Vol.3, No.2, p.1-15. 5 ref.
Abstract The objective of this project was to study the conditions of work among women working in the beedi industry in three towns of the Indian district of Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh State). In particular, the study examined the various steps involved in beedi manufacture, the status of the women in the beedi industry, the socioeconomic backgrounds of the households, the literacy status and the state of health of the women workers, in order to suggest remedial measures, policies and social action plans. The work is carried out partly at home and occupies two to three persons within the household. The education level of the women is very low, with around half being illiterate. The low socioeconomic status, malnutrition and insufficient hygiene conditions reflect on the state of health, giving rise to susceptibility to infections. Other risks include eye irritation, conjunctivitis or rhinitis caused by tobacco dust and disorders due to prolonged exposure to nicotine (disorders of the respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems). Recommendations for improving the working conditions and the state of health of the women are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) India; women; conditions of work; tobacco industry
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; nicotine; home work; state of health; social aspects; questionnaire survey; role of government; developing countries; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIndia
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Tobacco industry