Workers group meeting

In the Salem disrtict most of the women from rural communities mainly depend on daily work of spinning mills in the district. there above 180 spinning mills in the district. the employers appoint the women worker for very low wages. they are highly exploited. the have no any social security schemes. To give awareness to these poor worker, the village level worker groups were formed. about 2000 women workers were organised as 20 women worker groups in this district. the group meeting are conducted regularly to give awareness on the minimum wage act, worker rights and gender based discrimination. They passed resolutions and submit the demands to the respective department officials.


The director of Rural Women Development Trust, Ms.Alamelu Bannan, is a Dalit Arunthathiyar. Dalit Arunthathiyar is one of the most vulnerable communities in Tamilnadu. Most of them are illiterate and landless. They are working as bonded labourer for their livelihoods and basic needs. Alamelu is one of the girl completed her graduation from this Arunthathiyar community. She is well known for their right based works in the Salem district. She rescued many bonded labourers from brick kiln, stone quarries and Agricultural farms and rehabilitated with livelihood income generation activities. She has interests in women development, women rights and political empowerment Dalit Arunthathiyar women. She work against Child labour and bonded labourer and prevented many female child marriages and female infanticides. Ms. Alamelu Bannan has done her UG in Commerce and Diploma in Cooperative Training. Since she hails from Arunthathiyar community, she knew the problems of her own community & established RWDT & works though this organization among Dalits, Arunthathiyar communities in Salem district.