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Expert job: The all-woman team in the process of laying a roof slab in Adilabad on Wednesday.
ADILABAD: Dependability thy name is woman. An all-woman team of labourers specialising in laying roof slabs demonstrates women are reliable to take up even tough jobs.
“Women work faster, output is greater and there is less of managerial headache. They make the job look simpler,” employer A. Ajay pays a tribute of sorts as he lists the advantages of employing women to take care of every aspect associated with laying of roof slabs. He owns the biggest outfit in Adilabad town in this sphere of activity and has initiated a change that may well become the trend in future.
“There is a dire shortage of male workers. The ever increasing incidence of alcoholism among them is telling on the quality and output of work,” says Ajay of the exigencies that made him think in terms of inducting women as concrete mixer operators and those who look after controlling the mixture of cement, sand and concrete among other work components.
“A 1,000 sq ft roof slab is laid in about 90 minutes of time, instead of the regular two hours, when women are at work. There is no lazing around,” he explains the benefits of deploying women in some detail.
Bikki Gangamma, one of the oldest team members is happy to work in the team which has a dozen females for members. “There is no male domination,” she points out the aspect of the job most liked by her.
“There is greater cohesion because women are easygoing,” says Uparam Narsamma, another senior. “Handling juniors becomes easy too,” she adds.
The women work for about 6 hours and earn Rs. 300 every day. They get proper medical attention when injured during work.
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