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Why Himachali women work: A jam factory may have answers

At 47.4%, Himachal Pradesh has the second-largest participation of women in the labour force in rural areas

Namita Bhandare | IndiaSpend 

No jam was being made that morning at the Bhuira Jam Factory in this remote Himachal Pradesh village. There was no fruit to be weighed and sorted, cut and boiled. A basket of ripening peaches lay unattended by the weighing scale.

The all-women jam-making team at Bhuira had a new task: Emptying out the office so that it could be painted. Perhaps out of habit, the women had their caps neatly on, their hair firmly tucked in, a smidgen of sindhoor (vermilion) peeping out from beneath. Seated before a computer, Upasana Kumari is not a jam-maker at all and described herself ...

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First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 16:15 IST
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