Chandigarh: To address the problem of
severe shortage of industrial work force in Punjab, women are
likely to be put on night shifts, initially in the textile
sector, in the state.
“We will soon have a meeting with Chief Minister P S
Badal for his approval (with regard to allowing night shift
for women in industry),” Punjab Principal Secretary (Industry
and Commerce) SS Channy told reporters here today.
“We have identified everything which included types of
industries and we just need the nod of the CM in this regard,”
he said during an entrepreneurs` meet.
The government intends to allow the third shift for
women firstly in textile, spinning and garmenting sectors,
Security guidelines for ensuring women`s safety will
be put in place before putting them on night shifts, he said.
The approval for allowing third shift for women will be
given to individual units and not to the industry as a whole,
the Principal Secretary said.
At present, women in the state are not allowed to work
on night shifts under section 66 of the Factories Act.
Punjab’s industry has been demanding that women should
be put on night duties in view of huge shortage of the work
A delegation, led by Vardhman Textiles Chairman S P
Oswal, had even met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this year
demanding an amendment in the Factories Act.