New Delhi: A pregnant woman who has been laid off for the time being by a bank has angered the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson, Swati Maliwal, who has decided to issue a notice to Indian Bank to change its current recruitment scheme, which doesn’t allow pregnant women to join immediately. The DCW has criticised the new guidelines framed by the Indian banks for the appointment of women staff in banks.
Banks have issued a circular to prevent those women who are more than three months pregnant from joining the service in banks, in spite of the fact that they would get through the job as per the norms.
She will be declared ‘temporarily unfit.’ Despite her selection, she would not be allowed to join immediately. Undoubtedly, joining will take some time, and in the meantime, they will lose their seniority and other benefits.
DCW has been incessantly saying that the action of the bank is unfair and full of discriminatory as it’s contrary to the Maternity Benefits provided under ‘The Code of Social Security, 2020’. It is discrimination on the basis of sex that is against the fundamental rights given under the Constitution of India.
The Commission has urged the Indian banks to withdraw their current policy, which is anti-women, and asked them how the policy was framed and implemented. The Commission also asked to name its approving authority as well. DCW asked the bank to provide details regarding this matter as soon as possible.
Swati Maliwal, the DCW chief, sent a letter to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India about the functioning of banks like SBI and Indian banks and their anti-women guidelines, which discouraged women to go for banking job. She urged the RBI Governor to intervene in the matter and issue directions to all banks across the country to remove illegal and unconstitutional rules, which are clearly discriminatory against women.