Employees’ union, women’s organisations averse to night shifts for women: Dhavalikar

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PANAJI: Minister for Factories and Boilers Deepak Dhavalikar informed the House on Friday that the proposal to allow women to work during the third shift was opposed by employees’ union and women’s organisations.

He was responding to the demand placed by Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral that on the lines of Tamil Nadu, amendments be made in the law to allow women employees to work during the third shift (during the night hours) in the pharmaceutical companies.

Dhavalikar said, “When the central government had sought to amend the laws to allow women to work during the third shift, our department had advertised to send recommendations and suggestions. The employees’ union and other women’s organisations objected to the amendment.”

Speaking during the demands for grants, Dhavalikar, who is also the Minister for Craftsmen Training, said that the government has proposed to construct industrial training institutes (ITIs) at Velim and Dharbandora.

He further informed that the department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with m/s Hyundai for Mapusa ITI and with m/s Siemens for Margao ITI under the dual training system. “This is a new system where only theory will be taught in the ITI and all the practical training will be taught at the industry,” he added.

He further informed the House that all the ITIs in the state are proposed to be ISO certified. He said, “An administration block is proposed at Porvorim and upliftment of all the SCVT (state council of vocational training) ITIs to NCVT (national council of vocational training) ITIs.” The minister also stated that 30 per cent of the seats are reserved for women in all the ITIs in the state across all trades.