Third, there are jamadars (or labour contractors) who organise teams of women and take prior bookings from farmers for the supply of workers.
The farmer pays an advance to a jamadars to ensure that he will engage some minimum number of workers when needed.
While women from sharecropper households are already under pressure to work continuously, women mobilised by jamadars come under similar pressure once they have taken advances and committed their labour.
7) Women concurred with the view expressed by farmers and jamadars that delays in making payments might result in the withdrawal of labour which the latter wish to avoid.
There was a sense that jamadars and landlords facilitated this choice of location.
While women in the first arrangement (harvesting on the family farm) may have some amount of flexibility in the number of days worked during the season, for most women, and particularly those belonging to sharecropper households and those mobilised by a jamadar it is expected that a full-day's work will be supplied every day.
One jamadar reported that women working in his team pooled money on pay day (around once a fortnight) to prepare a special meal where chicken was served instead of the usual fare of vegetables and bread.