In a recent move, the joint house committee of the Karnakata Assembly on women and child welfare has asked the Bengaluru-based Information Technology (IT) and Bio-technology (BT) companies not to assign night duties to working women to ensure their safety, security and other personal needs. Speaking to ANI, NA Haris, head of Karnataka legislature committee on women and child welfare said, “We have recommended these companies to avoid women in night shifts. There are a lot of women who approached us and said that in night it is difficult for them, but they are forced to go in the night.”
Further in his statement Haris said, “Some companies have men so they can assign them night shifts and keep women in day time. Precaution is always better than cure.” We are just recommending it to the Government to tell these people that they could avoid night duty for women wherever possible, Haris added.
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In a report published by The India Today, the committee also had an interaction with employees and management team of some IT and BT firms including Infosys and Biocon during their visit to the company in 2016. Followed by the difficulty narrated by a large chunk of working women the committee took the decision. However, Haris said that he has not planned of suggesting a ban on women working in night shifts, but believes that preventio is better than cure. As per reports, the committee has advised these companies to allocate either morning or afternoon shifts to their female employees.
The committee’s comes soon after Karnataka government’s amendment in the Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 and the Factories Act 1948 to make provision for women to work in night shifts.