ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty and Health Status of Beedi Workers in Andhra Pradesh

A study of beedi-rolling households in Andhra Pradesh reveals that workers continue in this informal industry despite poor wages, exploitation by middlemen, absence of social security and adverse impact on health simply because they have no alternative. This study offers a people’s perspective on the design and implementation of suitable and sustainable alternative livelihoods for thousands of workers, predominantly women, who depend on beedi rolling to augment household income.

This paper is part of a study on the income, poverty and health situation of beedi workers and workers engaged in tobacco cultivation. We thank the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, and especially its faculty, C Ramachandraiah and A Venkateswarlu, for carrying out the fi eld study and data analysis, and for producing a draft report. We thank all the participants who contributed in a methodological workshop to fi nalise the research tools. We are grateful for the cooperation of beedi working households during the data collection process. We are also grateful to the anonymous reviewer for valuable inputs during the review process.

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Updated On : 31st Mar, 2017
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