Women Can Do Night Shifts in Goa Units: The Goa cabinet here on Wednesday cleared amendments to the Factories Act, which would allow women to work in the factories during night hours, Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai said. Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting, Vijai Sardesai said cabinet also cleared an amendment to the Act, which would allow industrial units to extend working hours from 75 to 125 per quarter to boost production. The permission would be granted on a case to case basis by Directorate of Factories, Vijai Sardesai added.
“We have taken this decision in the interest of gender equality. Why should women not be allowed to work during the night? To facilitate this, the cabinet has cleared an amendment to Section 66 of the Factories Act, which would allow factories to employ women between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Vijai Sardesai said. Both the amendments would be discussed during the monsoon session of the Assembly in July. The Bharatiya Janata Party is leading a coalition government in the state.
Vijai Sardesai is an Indian politician who is currently the Deputy Chief Minister in the Government of Goa headed by Pramod Sawant. Vijai Sardesai is the member of the Goa Legislative Assembly representing the Fatorda constituency and belongs to the Goa Forward Party. Women Can Do Night Shifts in Goa Units, SOURCE: IANS