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The participation of women in the labour force has always been lower than that of men. The risks to health are not confined to those who work industrial sub contacting has increased work, opportunities for women, but it is unfortunate that, that earnings are very low, sometimes well below the minimum wage. The women labour constitutes an important segment of the labour force in India and their participation in the labour force is increasing over the years. Wage work in India, as elsewhere, in a number of sectors is sharply differentiated along sexual lines. Their participation in economic activities of the country has grown enormously after rapid industrialization in post independence era. Increased participation of women in economic activities on one hand has helped them to narrow down the gap between their needs and resources, while on the other hand it has given rise to a number of complex problems having a direct bearing on their Socio- economic Conditions. The present scheme titled “Socio-economic Conditions of Women Industrial  Workers in North Karnataka ” Initially, the Research  was confined to the Unorganised sector only. However, keeping in view the utility of the data so generated, it was considered to extend the scope of scheme to the Un- organised Sector as well. A beginning was made by covering Building and Construction industry followed by Handloom, Khadi, Beedi, Readymade Garments, Agarbathi, Lime Manufacturing, Cashewnut Processing, Food processing Industry (including Sea Food and Marine Products) and Plantation Industry. The present report relates to the Socio-economic conditions of Industrial women workers in North Karnataka.

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