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

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Khadi Spinning Whom Does It Benefit

Khadi Spinning: Whom Does It Benefit?
THE conditions of work for women spinning in the khadi sector have received some publicity recently. A report by the Centre for Women's Development Studies cited daily earnings of 53 paise a day for spinning in 1987 as a particular instance of the exploitation of women in this employment. A response by D R Desai, secretary of a khadi voluntary organisation in Gujarat was published in Indian Express of January 8. This went some way toward countering such criticism in terms of the piece-rate nature of the work and the possibility of earning an income of over Rs 10 from eight hours' spinning. An independent study of the field situation suggests that the true picture lies between these two extremes and that a realistic assessment requires a consideration of the methods of working, of the utility of the employment created and of the viability of the khadi sector as a whole.

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