Lucknow: A big move taken by Uttar Pradesh govt to ensure the safety of women,especially working women, no female worker shall be bound to work without her written consent before 6 am and after 7 pm, the Yogi Adityanath government has said in a circular. Female workers will also be provided free transportation, food and sufficient supervision if they are working during the aforementioned hours.
The latest order comes days after the UP government unveiled the state budget, with special focus on infrastructure, creation of jobs, welfare of farmers, health and safety, as well as empowerment of women.
The order said, “Women workers engaged during the night shift and shall also send express report whenever there is some untoward incident to the Inspector of factories of the region concerned, and local Police Station as well.”The Inspector of factories shall enforce the safe working conditions of women workers and carefully take note of the non-compliance in their inspection from time to time. I I. Employer shall take appropriate steps to prevent sexual harassment,” it added.
The rule is applicable to both the government and private sector. The government has stated that if women are engaged in work or duty between 7 pm to 6 am, then the company or organisation must have her consent for the same. Suresh Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary of the Labor and Employment Department of the UP Government has stated that “after written consent, women can work between 7 PM and 6 AM, be it from work from home or work from office. If the employee is working in office, then a free cab facility must be provided to the female employee”. In case these orders are not followed, it would be seen as a violation of the labour law.
Under the Mission Shakti initiative in the micro and small scale industries sector, an allocation of ₹20 crore has been recommended for women’s safety, empowerment, and skill development.According to the latest edition of the National Family Health Survey Report, there are three times as many males as females employed in India’s 15-49 age group, a stubborn gender imbalance that has remained largely unchanged over the last five years.
Under the farmers’ accident scheme, the Yogi Adityanath government requested a budget of ₹650 crore for farmers. The policy allows for a maximum payout of ₹5 lakh in the event of accidental death or incapacity. In the current fiscal year, the state’s finance minister has promised to install 15,000 solar pumps. In addition, the budget sets a goal of distributing 119.30 lakh metric tonnes of fertilisers.
For the Chief Minister’s Minor Irrigation Scheme, the state has sought a budget of ₹1,000 crore. Under the party’s ‘Lok Kalyan Sankalp’ Patra, the Uttar Pradesh government would distribute two crore smartphones/tablets to the youth.