The state cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Factories Act, which will allow the industries to employ women in night shifts with proper safety measures in place.
Briefing media after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, who holds the factories and boilers portfolio, said that the Amendment Bill would be moved during the upcoming monsoon session of the state legislative assembly.
He said that the amendment would allow the employers to employ women from 7 pm to 6 am after taking prior permission of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Boilers.
Sardesai said that amendment to Section 66 of the Act would be moved during the upcoming session to enable women to work in night shifts. “The amendment would be discussed on the floor of the House. It would be passed only after proper discussion in the assembly,” he said. Sardesai said that the permission will be granted on a case-to-case basis. He further said that the proposed amendment is basically aimed at making industries competitive and providing gender equality in the industrial sector.
The Amendment Bill seeks enhancement of weekly working hours in factories from 60 to 72 per week and overtime hours in any quarter from 75 to 125 hours.
“This is a legislation, which can meet the challenges of the time. When we talk about ‘Make in India’ initiative, we need to make our factories competitive,” Sardesai said.