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Structural analysis and work profile of workers in knitwear industry of Ludhiana

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Prerna Sharma and Harinder Saggu

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2014, Volume : 10, Issue : 1
First page : ( 95) Last page : ( 100)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2322-0430.10.1.012

Structural analysis and work profile of workers in Knitwear industry of Ludhiana

Sharma Prerna*, Teaching Assistant, Saggu Harinder, Associate Professor
Department of Apparel and Textile Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004

*Email: prernakapi@gmail.com

JEL Classification: F16, J01, J21, M31

Online published on 15 February, 2014.

Abstract
The knitwear industry of Ludhiana has the potential to provide employment to approximately four lakh workers as skilled or unskilled workforce. The general aim of the present paper was to analyze the structure of knitwear industry in Ludhiana and explore the working conditions in the knitwear industry. The concept of contractual labour prevails in the industry and the market is well diversified ranging from USA, Europe, Middle East countries to a range of domestic and institutional buyers. The major manufacturing section was the stitching area as of the total workers in a unit, 59 per cent of the workers were employed here. The majority of the firms were not providing any formal training to the workers for skill development. The average order quantity ranges from 1500–3000 pieces per style and the lead time taken by factories for order execution ranges from 60–90 days.