House panel bats for flexi-timings for women staff

A parliamentary panel on Friday has called for flexi-timings for women to raise their numbers in the government and discourage them from kicking their jobs.

The panel also told the government to ensure that women get their due promotions and have every case of a woman employee being superseded thoroughly examined.

The recommendations — part of the panel’s report on the status of women employees in the government tabled in Parliament on Friday — called the 10.04% share of women in government service “disheartening”. The defence ministry, in contrast, has 11.77% women.

The government has once rejected proposals for flexi-timings for women in 2008. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel headed by Shantaram Naik, however, wants the personnel department to look at the proposal afresh. But Naik recognised that the panel’s recommendations might not be enough to persuade the government and acknowledged that the role of trade unions is crucial.


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