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International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences
Year : 2013, Volume : 3, Issue : 7
First page : ( 108) Last page : ( 120)
Online ISSN : 2249-5894.

A study on women Beedi workers at Vellore district in Tamilnadu

Dr. Thabassum N. Fathima

Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, Shri Krishnaswamy College for Women, Chennai

Online published on 21 November, 2013.


Beedi making is a small scale Industry of rural India. This study focuses particularly on status of women involved in the Beedi labour in the district of Vellore in Tamil Nadu state. Factor analysis is employed to find out the major factors influencing the causes for the difficulties. It was found out from the study that five major factors such as “Social travails and misery”, “Psychological factors leading to Low Productivity”, “Job monotony”, “Low income Labour”. And “Workplace discomfort” were the a main causes of occupational complexities. The weighted average method is employed to know the major health problems faced by women beedi workers. The results of weighted average reveal that anemia and nutritional deficiency, neck shoulder and back pain and asthma are the major health problems faced by the women beedi workers at Vellore.


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